Environmental Review for 68th Street/Hunter College Station Improvement
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (MTA NYCT), is proposing to implement improvements to the 68th Street/Hunter College Station located at Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street in Manhattan. The improvements would provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (as amended), and would add necessary circulation improvements throughout the station. New York State designated the 68th Street/Hunter College Station as an ADA Key Station. The proposed project would make the subway station accessible for persons with disabilities and improve pedestrian circulation, reduce pedestrian congestion within the station and at street level, and foster efficient passenger access to trains and efficient occupancy of trains.
The elements of the proposed improvements are summarized as follows:
- Installation of three ADA-compliant elevators and related improvements to bring this Key Station into compliance with ADA.
- Reconstruction and/or relocation of three of the four existing street stairs—at the southeast, northeast, and northwest corners of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
- Installation of a new street stair on the south sidewalk of East 69th Street west of Lexington Avenue. This street stair would connect to a new subway mezzanine and platform stair serving the southbound platform.
- Installation of a new street stair in a retail space at 931 Lexington Avenue on the east side of Lexington Avenue, approximately mid-block between East 68th Street and East 69th Street. This street stair would connect to a new subway mezzanine and platform stair serving the northbound platform. Pending confirmation of availability of the space at 931 Lexington Avenue, MTA NYCT would retain the option for a street stair at the south sidewalk of East 69th Street east of Lexington Avenue as an alternate entrance location to the northbound platform.
A Federal Environmental Assessment was developed by MTA NYCT in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its associated implementing regulations. Public participation occurred through Community Board meetings, focused meetings with other interested stakeholders, a public hearing and written comments via mail and the MTA website. The Environmental Assessment which analyzed alternatives that would address access and circulation issues at the 68th Street/Hunter College Station is available on this website (click below to access).
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has completed its review of the Environmental Assessment for the 68th Street/Hunter College Station Improvement which included a Section 4(f) and Section 106 analysis. Based on the FTA review, the FTA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on July 26, 2016 (click below to access).
The issuance of the FONSI concludes the National Environmental Policy Act review process for the Project. MTA NYCT will now proceed with the final design and construction of the facility.
Finding of No Significant Impact
EA Document and Appendix (PDF format)
Entire EA (5MB)
- Cover (14KB)
- Abstract (90KB)
- Table of Contents (292KB)
- Executive Summary (1.61MB)
- Chapter 1: Purpose and Need ( 1.11MB)
- Chapter 2: Project Alternatives (1.66MB)
- Chapter 3: Social Conditions (535KB)
- Chapter 4: Historic and Cultural Resources (405KB)
- Chapter 5: Transportation and Pedestrian Circulation (597KB)
- Chapter 6 Air Quality (292KB)
- Chapter 7: Noise and Vibration (258KB)
- Chapter 8 Natural Resources (256KB)
- Chapter 9 Contaminated Materials (277KB)
- Chapter 10 Energy Requirements (276KB)
- Chapter 11 Safety and Security (258KB)
- Chapter 12 Section 4(f) Resources (504KB)
- Chapter 13 Construction (665KB)
- Chapter 14 Indirect and Cumulative Impacts (233KB)
- Chapter 15 Coordination (285KB)
- Chapter 16 Agencies and Persons Contacted (106KB)
- Chapter 17 References (201KB)
Entire Appendices (7MB)
- Appendices cover (16KB)
- Appendix A: Preliminary Alternatives Screening (3.55MB)
- Appendix B: Correspondence (860KB)
- Appendix C: Transportation Study (2.28MB)
- Appendix D: Station Congestion Photographs (520KB)
- Appendix E: Environmental Justice Data (535KB)
Responses to Questions received though the Public Involvement Process
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