A new experience underneath 42 Street
We’re investing in the corridor underneath 42 St, at Grand Central, Bryant Park and Times Square Stations—from redesigning passageways and platforms and adding elevators, to expanding stairways and transforming the 42 St Shuttle train into a fully accessible service. Combined, these projects are modernizing a major transit corridor in New York City: 42 Street.
This is a historic corridor, and a lot has changed since the tracks on which the 42 St Shuttle run opened as part of the original subway system over 100 years ago. And it's crucial: More people use this corridor every day than the entire Boston subway and bus system in a day.
Today, these stations are too crowded and too inaccessible. We're fixing that. The work we’re doing will make the journey faster and accessible for people with all abilities—connecting more of New York for more New Yorkers.
Look for these improvements
We're doing a lot of work. And we're phasing it to minimize the impact on your commute.
The good news: Stations and service will remain open with limited changes. The better news: When we're done, it will be easier for you to get around.
Here's what you can look forward to:
More space to move
More (and bigger) platforms and mezzanines. More turnstiles. Wider stairways, and new ones. You’ll spend less of your commute navigating our stations, so you can get to your destination that much faster.
We’re overhauling the existing escalators and adding new ones to the Grand Central Station complex. We’re upgrading and adding modern elevators, too.
While the rest of Times Square and Grand Central meet ADA standards, the the 42 St Shuttle that connects them is inaccessible to too many people. We’re fixing that. From end-to-end, the 42 St corridor will be open and accessible to everyone.
Find out what we're doing at these locations
How to navigate service and space changes
We're keeping service running and stations open as much as possible to minimize the impact on your commute. Certain projects require temporary closures of escalators, elevators and entrances, and other projects will fully close some entrances while we rebuild new, bigger ones.
Read more about service changes at:
Why this is important
New York City is at the center of so much, and 42 Street is physically in the middle of it. For more than 100 years, our transit hubs have been central to the transportation systems that fuel the economic and cultural prosperity of the city and beyond.
Improvements to Times Square and Grand Central Station and Terminal will help the rest of the system—and your commute—run more smoothly.