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We've come a long way and we're not stopping now

We're rolling right along with the 42 St Connection Project. A new phase of work on the 42 St Shuttle begins November 7, with a lot of exciting projects.

We answer a question about the new platform coming to the 42 St Shuttle Grand Central Station.

And in case you missed it, the 4/5/6 mezzanine at Grand Central is D-O-N-E done.

Also, don't forget to vote! Early voting is already underway, and every vote matters.

Focus on: Phase 5 begins

A lot of major project activities make up Phase 5 of work on the 42 St Shuttle. As work progresses, we'll go into each component in more detail, but for this month's newsletter, we wanted to give you an overview of the big components that make up Phase 5 and how they'll improve your service and experience using the Shuttle.
  • Completion of final structural work This one's a bit obvious. Structural work is the foundation that everything else is built on - concrete, steel beams, columns, and the like. When all of it is in good shape, things can run more smoothly and last a nice, long time.
  • Building new platforms We're completing work on the big new platforms, which means we're also bidding a final adieu to Track 3. When the platform at Grand Central is finished, it will be the largest platform in our system, providing you with plenty of space.
  • Finalizing new rail systems We'll finish installing new, state-of-the-art power and signal systems and bring them online. Both will help provide more reliable service.
  • Making connections Work begins on the new in-system walking transfer to the 6th Ave B/D/F/M station at Bryant Park, making it more convenient to transfer lines, and opening up even more of New York City.
There's more, but we think that's a decent list to start with.
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Question of the month

Q: How big will the new platform at Grand Central be when it is finished?

A: The new platform will be 22,000 square-feet. That's approximately the size of two average-sized Trader Joe's grocery stores.
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ICYMI: Escalators, an elevator, and stairs (oh my!)

In September, workers laid the last floor tile at the 4/5/6 mezzanine at Grand Central Station and installed the last of the granite onto the columns. Major construction work at the 4/5/6 42 St-Grand Central Station is complete.

The finished mezzanine now provides an additional 5,400 square-feet of space for riders. With the new or reopened escalators, elevator, and stairways, we've increased vertical circulation capacity to and from the platforms by 40%. In addition, it’s gorgeous! The mezzanine area was known for its less-than-appealing “décor,” and with this work complete, we can deliver a dramatically improved experience to you.

Plan ahead: Service + station changes

| 42 St Shuttle: The Shuttle is running. You can use it, or take the 7 train as an alternative, as it makes the same stops. Stay up to date with the latest MTA Essential Service status here.

Times Square: On the Shuttle platform, we're completely redesigning the exits to the street to decrease crowding on platforms and add more capacity on stairs. In the meantime, we've closed some of the existing ones permanently. Find out the latest changes and which exits are still open.

Grand Central: The elevator between the 42 St Passageway in Grand Central Terminal and the subway mezzanine is open! Get navigation tips for this and other changes.
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