Replacing the Elevators at Uptown A and 1 Stations

The elevators that currently serve 168 St, 181 St, and 191 St on the 1 train, and 181 St and 190 St on the A train, are over 80 years old. They’ve been in service since those stations first opened in the early 1900s. While that is an impressive run, as they’ve aged, the elevators have become more and more unreliable. Water damage has only made the reliability issues worse.

So, over the course of the next three years, we’re removing the existing elevator equipment at each station and replacing it with new elevator systems within the existing shafts. These new elevators will:

  • Provide faster, more reliable service
  • Reduce crowding with additional points of entry at 168 1 station  and 191 1 station and wider doors at 181 on the A train
  • Provide security with two CCTV security cameras in each elevator
  • Use new technology to allow us to respond more quickly and precisely if an elevator malfunctions
  • Add a back-up power supply to allow customers to exit the elevator if there is a loss of power to the station

Project Updates

181 St A Station

On August 3, 2019, the elevators at the 181 St A station closed so we can completely remove and replace the elevators and all associated components and mechanical equipment. Before we begin this elevator work, we're doing maintenance on the escalators to improve their reliability. 

A trains will continue to serve the stations during the work. You can continue to access A train service from the entrances at 181 St/Fort Washington and Overlook Terrace. Get your travel options here. 

168 St 1 Station

UPDATE (10/7/2019): Work continues as we replace the elevators and make critical repairs at the 168 St 1 station. We’ve installed most of the major elevator components, including the motor, air conditioning unit, and back-up battery. We’ve also installed communications equipment in the Elevator Machine Room, including the data cabinet and fire alarm system.

Photo of newly installed elevator mechanical equipment at the 168 1 station.

Workers pouring and smoothing concrete as part of the renovation and restoration of the 168 St 1 station

Work continues as we replace the elevators at the 168 St 1 station

Over the next several months, we’ll finish installing the elevator cabs, with CCTV cameras and related communications and electrical components. We’ll also wrap up the tile work at the upper and lower mezzanine levels and finish all repair work.

Once all that is complete and the new equipment is in place, we’ll run the necessary tests to make sure everything works safely and properly, and put these elevators back in service.

The 168 St 1 station will remain closed through January 2020 while we replace the elevators. A/C trains still serve 168 St during this time.

The stairs on the northwest corner of Broadway and W 168 St closed on July 22, so we can complete crucial electrical work related to the elevator replacements. They will remain closed for four months.

Schedule of Elevator Replacements

Note that after we complete the elevator replacements in 2022, the escalators will be replaced at the 181 A station.

Ongoing

168 1: January 5, 2019-January 2020

The station opened in 1906. It is listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The platform is 102 feet below ground, or about 10 stories. We began construction on January 5, 2019. It is scheduled for completion in January 2020. While 1 trains bypass the station during this work, you can still use A/C service at the station or take the M5 bus.

M5 buses connect with the 1 train at 157 St. Additional M5 service runs overnight between 157 St and 168 St. A free out-of-system transfer is available with your MetroCard between 1 stations at 215 St or 207 St and the 207 St A station.

181 A Station: August 3, 2019-July 2020

The station opened in 1932. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The elevator carries customers down 106 feet to the lower mezzanine. Construction began on August 3, 2019 and is scheduled for completion in July 2020.

During this work, A trains will continue to serve the station with access from 181 St/Fort Washington and Overlook Terrace. Fort Washington/184 St customers should use the entrance at 181 St/Fort Washington, the 190 A station or the M4 bus.

Upcoming

191 1 Station: February 2020-February 2021

The station opened in 1911. It is listed on the US Register of Historic Places, and is the deepest subway station in NYC at 173 feet below ground. Construction will begin in February 2020 and is scheduled for completion in February 2021.

During this work, 1 trains will continue to serve the station with access through the Tunnel Street passageway on Broadway. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.

190 A Station: September 2020-September 2021

The station opened in 1932. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places. Construction will begin in September 2020 and is scheduled for completion in September 2021.

During this work, A trains will continue to serve the station with access from Bennett Avenue. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.

181 1 Station: March 2021-March 2022

The station opened in 1906. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places, and reaches a depth of 122 feet below ground. Construction will begin in March 2021 and is scheduled for completion in March 2022.

During this work, the station will close. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.