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28th Street 6 Station to Close for Renovations as Part of Cuomo's MTA Plan

By Noah Hurowitz | January 11, 2016 6:43pm | Updated on January 13, 2016 8:44am
 The 6 train station at 28th Street (not pictured) is slated for a major overhaul, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The 6 train station at 28th Street (not pictured) is slated for a major overhaul, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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KIPS BAY — The 28th Street 6 train station will be one of 30 stations in the city to get major overhauls under a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “modernize and fundamentally transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,” the governor and MTA announced on Friday.

The renovations could mean a full closure of the station for the duration of the overhaul work, which could take from six months to a year, and be completed sometime between 2018 and 2020, an MTA spokesman said.

It's too early to say when the station will close or what specific renovations are in store, the spokesman said.

Rather than doing piecemeal work on nights and weekends, the plan is to “get in, get done and get out,” according to Cuomo and MTA chief Tom Prendergast.

‘As you know, the intention is to do this necessary work the best way possible, so instead of doing endless rounds of weekend closures, we believe the work can be done faster and at lower cost by doing short full closures,” Prendergast said.

The renovations will include full redesigns of stations with the goal of making them cleaner, brighter, and with a “more modernized feel,” Cuomo said.

The project will bring Wi-Fi access to all MTA stations by the end of the year, and cellphone service will be available by the end of 2017, the agency said.

The MTA also plans to roll out 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and USB charging ports on subway cars by end of 2018.

“This is about doing more than just repair and maintain — this is thinking bigger and better and building the 21st century transit system New Yorkers deserve,” said the governor in a statement. “We are modernizing the MTA like never before and improving it for years to come.”