Subway riders be warned: A huge construction project is about to cause major upheaval on one line and it has commuters bracing for disruptions.
It’s a massive $109 million project on the Pelham local or 6 line during which five subway stations built in the 1920’s will get a major make over. the MTA says four of the five stations will be closed for seven months so the work can be done.
The stations include the Pelham Bay, Buhre Avenue, Middletown Road, Zerega, and Castle Hill. They’ll get new floors, walks, platform stairs, platform canopies, and station lighting. They’ll even be installing a system to keep the pigeons away.
Castle Hill and Middletown Road will be shut down first, starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and the MTA says they won’t reopen until early May 2014. Outside the Middletown Road station, Harold Mercado told PIX11, “It’s going to be a hassle, but you gotta do what you gotta do.” That will include riders being forced to take buses from closed stations to stations that are open. Fernando Pacheco says, “I take the train all the time.” Asked if he knew the changes were coming he told PIX11, “Yes. They were handing out fliers . It’s not good.” He added, “I’m thinking about how I’m gonna get to work.”
The Buhre and Zerega stations are scheduled to close next July and remain shuttered until February of 2015.