Two Escalators at 74th Street Subway Hub Closing for $11 Million in Repairs

By Katie Honan on August 8, 2014 6:27pm 

 The escalators at the 74th Street-Roosevelt subway station will be out of service until early 2015.
The escalators at the 74th Street-Roosevelt subway station will be out of service until early 2015.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two escalators at a major subway hub will be out of service until early next year as the MTA begins a multi-million dollar restoration, officials said.

Construction has already begun on two escalators from the 7 train mezzanine of the 74th Street-Broadway station to the E,F,M and R trains below at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue.

The goal is to "improve reliability and efficiency," according to the MTA.

The construction project began on July 28 and will continue until January 2015.

Riders can use two escalators elsewhere in the stations as well as an elevator.

The $11.2 million project will also enlarge an existing escalator machine room to install new equipment, according to the spokeswoman.

More than 50,000 riders travel through the 74th Street-Broadway and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue train stations each day, and it is the 16th busiest stop in the city, according to MTA statistics from 2013.

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