South Queens, NY – New York State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato’s (D-South Queens) work with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at Aqueduct Racetrack station in Ozone Park was revealed the other day to a raving success. The project looked to correct some long-standing issues that have plagued the subway station. This included extensive concrete repairs which will mitigate tripping hazards, trimming overgrown vegetation, along with scraping, priming and repainting surfaces throughout the station. The board protecting the platform from damage as trains pass by was repaired, while the iconic subway globes located at the station’s entrances received an energy efficient update with LED fixtures, and installed 80 new LED lights.
During the recent State budget, Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato was part of securing funds to provide needed aid to the MTA. That included $35 million to improve subway service during the weekends and weeknights, along with $35 million in safety investments to protect riders. Part of the State-sponsored funding has been used for the New York City Transit (NYCT) Re-NEW-vation Program which oversaw the fixes at the subway station.
“The MTA worked to revitalize the Aqueduct Racetrack Station which will benefit the residents of Ozone Park, the surrounding community, and the employees and patrons of Resorts World NYC and the Hyatt Hotel who use that station," said New York State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. "I’m thrilled to see this funding help one of our local subway stations by ensuring new safety improvements, lighting upgrades, intense cleaning and full repairs that were needed for this station. I applaud the re-NEW-vation Program and the MTA for their success in helping our community with these important and sought after upgrades. Let’s all shout ‘all aboard.’”
“The completed Re-NEW-vations at…Aqueduct Racetrack demonstrate our continued momentum delivering the improvements customers want at their stations,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “From brighter and safer lighting, repaired concrete, comprehensive repainting, and the installation of bird deterrents at the elevated Aqueduct Racetrack Station, the work completed at these stations will make the subway faster, cleaner, and safer for customers."