Broadway Junction is in for major accessible upgrades which will include seven elevators, new stairs and a ramp, amongst other things, thanks to a $15 million federal grant.
The upgrades, funded through a federal RAISE grant, will make station — Brooklyn’s third largest — fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Currently, those living with a disability have to travel more than a mile to find the nearest accessible station for a transfer.
Broadway Junction, which services the A, C, J, L and Z lines, will also get platform modifications and ADA signage as part of the upgrades.
The grant was awarded to the city after U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer put in a personal call to Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to ask for the funding, Schumer said Monday announcing the new plans. Schumer was joined U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
“Projects like these are key to modernizing the system and making the subway more accessible for the riding public, including New York’s disabled community, which has long suffered from poor access to our region’s mass transit system,” Schumer said.
“I worked hard to secure billions in the bipartisan infrastructure bill for RAISE grants so New York transit agencies can take on more projects like this one to help keep New Yorkers moving and keep our economy going strong.”
Schumer and Jeffries said the funding comes from the new federal infrastructure bill, and that they would be pushing for more of the funding to be funneled to New York for other infrastructure projects.
“This bill provides the largest single federal investment in infrastructure in the history of the Republic and will help make our mass transit systems accessible to every single American, including right here in New York City,” Jeffries said.