By Forum Staff
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently announced that transit crews completed functional and aesthetic upgrades at Aqueduct Racetrack station in Ozone Park. This work is part of New York City Transit (NYCT)’s Re-NEW-vation Program, which utilizes planned service outages to perform repairs, deep cleaning and station upgrades, providing customers with brighter and better station environments when service resumes.
At Aqueduct Racetrack station, workers made extensive concrete repairs mitigating tripping hazards. The iconic subway globes located at the station’s entrances were deep cleaned. Workers updated lighting with LED fixtures and installed 80 new LED lights in previously darkened areas. Overgrown vegetation that had been encroaching on the platform was trimmed back. The board protecting the platform from damage as trains pass by was repaired and surfaces throughout the stations were scraped, primed, and repainted totaling over 30,000 square feet.
“The MTA worked to revitalize the Aqueduct Racetrack Station which will benefit the residents of Ozone Park, and the surrounding community,” said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach). “This work also adds an enormous benefit for the employees and patrons of Resorts World NYC and the Hyatt Hotel who use that station. The station has new safety improvements, lighting upgrades, and I am thrilled to see the intense cleaning and repairs made to this station. I applaud the re-NEW-vation Program for their success in helping our community with these important and sought after upgrades. Let’s all shout ‘all aboard.’”
“It’s great to see the MTA putting our taxpayer dollars to work to better our communities here in Council District 32,” said Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park). “New lighting, repainted surfaces, and other repairs in our subway stations are all key components towards improving the quality of life for New Yorkers, and I would like to thank the MTA for making these incredibly necessary improvements to one of our local stations.”