New York, NY —
New York City Transit is taking a new approach to renovating subway stations. Instead of doing a complete station rehabilitation, contractors will be doing "station renewal," replacing individual components in need of repair like lighting, stairs, or signage, while leaving other parts alone.
In the 1980s when they started to revamp stations the MTA aimed to do all 468 station in 35 years. It is now almost 30 years later and not quite half of the stations have been completed. It now costs almost $60 million to renovate a subway station, but the new approach is expected to cost, on average, only $15 million.
Transit officials say they'll renew their first stations next year.