Starting on Oct. 23, Astoria residents who normally use the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations to get to work will have to walk a little further.
The stations will close until June for renovations that were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last January. According to an MTA spokesperson, the upgrades will include structural repairs, new and rehabilitated station entrances, improved mezzanines and platforms and other amenities like USB ports, digital screens and countdown clocks.
Signs will be posted to advise straphangers of the closure and the spokesperson said shuttle buses will not be provided for riders during the eight-month period. Residents will have to walk to Astoria Boulevard, Broadway or 39 Avenue stations for service.
After the changes are completed, the Broadway and 39 Avenue stations will close for renovations.
In total, 30 stations across the city will be overhauled. The stations will be completely shut down to expedite the process.
“This is absolutely vital to the daily functioning of New York City, but for too long, it has failed to meet the region’s growing size and strength,” Cuomo said in a January statement. “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.”
DNAinfo first reported the story.