MTA unveils ‘stunning’ $30 million staircase at Times Square subway station

Transportation officials Monday unveiled a new staircase and entrance at the Times Square subway station that they say cost the transportation agency a whopping $30 million to build.

Janno Lieber, CEO of MTA, said the “stunning…premium” 15-foot-wide stairway at the “center” of Broadway Plaza at 43rd Street would provide tourists and others with a clear path in and out of “the crossroads of the world.”

The new staircase is 450 square meters larger than its predecessor, which is also not so centrally located, said Lieber.

“It was so uncomfortable. You saw so many tourists coming down there and getting disoriented. Not anymore,” he said of the previous, narrower staircase. “The new entrance offers direct access to Times Square.”

The project also included a new $10 million street-to-mezzanine elevator paid for by Jameston, which owns 1 Times Square. Elevator users can access the platforms via a different elevator than the mezzanine level, which opened last year, officials said.

Taxpayers and passengers are on the hook for the $30 million cost of the stairs, street-level canopy, expanded turnstile area, 18 new closed-captioned surveillance cameras and a mosaic by artist Nick Cave, officials said.

MTA stairs
A view of the new entrance at Times Sq-42 St.
City Transport Authorities
MTA stairs
The new staircase is 450 square meters larger than the previous staircase.
City Transport Authorities

The 4,600-square-foot artwork is the largest mosaic in the subway system, officials said.

According to international experts, the transit projects in New York are among the most expensive in the world.

But MTA President of Construction and Development Jamie Torres-Springer on Monday touted the new Times Square entrance as “$8 million under budget and on time.”

“The project is a great example of how MTA has made the most of lower ridership during COVID to transform the system and accelerate the projects that are making a real difference in daily commuting,” said Torres-Springer.

“All of this work is being done while operating the system’s busiest train station complex beneath the world’s busiest public gathering place.” MTA unveils ‘stunning’ $30 million staircase at Times Square subway station


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