June 29, 2022 By Christian Murray
The MTA has started construction on eight new staircases at the Flushing-Main St. subway station—in a project that is expected to take about 18 months.
The work aims to ease overcrowding at the station, where the stairwells on both the platform and street levels are congested.
Four new street-to-mezzanine stairwells are being installed in addition to four mezzanine-to-platform staircases. The station serves 7-train riders and is one of the top 10 busiest stations in the system.
The new street-to-mezzanine stairs are being built on the north and south corners of Main Street and to the west of Main Street along both the north and south sides of Roosevelt Avenue. Four existing street stairs are being rehabilitated for ADA compliance and four existing platform stairs are being reoriented.
The MTA didn’t provide details as to where the new mezzanine-to-platform staircases will be located in the station. However, the agency said that the mezzanine is being expanded and two new fare control areas with six new turnstiles are being constructed.
The existing CCTV camera system, the agency said, is being upgraded and wayfinding signs within the station are being improved.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $61 million.
“These improvements will greatly enhance the customer experience,” said MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “These eight new staircases will alleviate overcrowding on the platform and street level and ensure passengers can better move through the station.”
Construction is only taking place during off peak hours. Full access to a minimum of four street level stairwells is being maintained to the mezzanine areas. Access to the four stairs that serve the northbound and southbound platforms from mezzanine areas is also be maintained at all times.
Bus stops that serve the Q48 and Q50 along Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue have temporarily been relocated to accommodate street stairway construction. Stops will be temporarily relocated to Main St./39 Av in front of the GNC.