By Brendan Krisel
UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — A subway stop on the border of the Upper West Side and Harlem that has been closed since April for renovations will reopen on Labor Day weekend, transit officials announced.
The West 110th Street B/C station will feature new railings, digital signs, information dashboards, way-finding signs and a turnstile area with brighter lighting, MTA officials said. The MTA also completed structural fixes to the station's steel and concrete structure, mezzanine, walls, stairs and platforms.
The five-month renovation was part of the MTA's Enhanced Stations Initiative.
"We're thrilled to be returning this station to the community in better condition than it's been in for decades, with critical structural repairs performed and brand new features that will make planning and taking trips with us easier and more convenient than ever," NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement.
Despite the new features — which include an extension of Chris Wynter's glass mosaic artwork "Migration," — the new station was not upgraded in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The lack of a new accessible entrance to the station prompted elected officials and accessibility advocates to call the renovation a "blown opportunity" when the station closed in April.
The three other B/C line stations to be shut down for the Enhanced Stations Initiative — located at West 163rd Street, West 86th Street and West 72nd Streets — will also remain inaccessible to riders in wheelchairs. Currently, not one station on the B/C line between Columbus Circle and West 125th Street is accessible to people in wheelchairs.
"This kind of renovation is done once a generation if you're lucky," City Councilman Mark Levine said in April. "And we're blowing this opportunity to do it right."
The West 110th Street Station services 7,500 customers per day from the nearby Upper West Side and Harlem neighborhoods, transit officials said.