September 15, by Nathaly Pesantez
The 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations will be closed for about eight months–starting late October– so they can be repaired and renovated, according to an MTA spokesperson.
The two stations serving the N and W lines will close on Oct. 23 for structural repairs and technological upgrades, such as Wi-Fi hotspots, USB ports, digital screens, and countdown clocks. The stations will also have new entrances. The stations should reopen no later than the end of June, the MTA said.
In July 2018, the Broadway and 39th Avenue stations will close for the same type of renovations, the spokesperson said.
No shuttle buses will be provided when 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue close, the spokesperson said. Riders will have to walk to either Astoria Blvd, Broadway, or 39th Avenue for the nearest N and W line service.
The station work is part of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to upgrade more than 30 stations across the five boroughs while cutting the time-frame for the work in half. The city says station developments under this plan are expected to take between six and 12 months. Under previous methods, which included stations closing on nights and weekends, work could take two to three years more to be completed.
Newly-renovated Brooklyn subway stations under this plan opened in September.
DNAInfo was first to report on the closures.