Final Preparations Underway for Reopening
As we prepare to bring back full service to the lines on May 30, we are currently running trains along the tracks to the Rockaways as we test the operation of the signals, switches, third rail and other associated components that are vital for safe and sound train movement. Running trains along the line also allows us to make sure the tracks are in good condition and free of any defects. There will be work trains and other specialized equipment, including the computerized track inspection vehicles moving along the rails.
Trains will be moving between the Howard Beach-JFK Airport, Far Rockaway-Mott Av and the Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At times it will fully simulate rush hours service levels as we want to be sure that this restored and rebuilt segment of the subway system can meet the peak service demands without incident.
Final work is being done to repair the damaged communications and MetroCard systems as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system systems at Beach 116th Street. Electrical service has been restored and final touches are being done on the repainted station house walls, floors and ceilings. Station signage is being installed and the new security cameras are being tested.
At Broad Channel, workers are completing the final work on the new rubbing board (platform edge), platform lighting and painting the mezzanine area. The installation of new platform canopies, a new mezzanine roof, doors and interior partitions have been completed.
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