Get ready to roll.
Two days after a rally where elected officials and community members slammed the MTA for not providing shuttle buses while elevators at the 181st Street A train station are replaced, the agency agreed to run free shuttles to help residents get around the area.
Late Friday afternoon, the MTA confirmed it would provide free shuttle buses between the 181 Street and 190 Street A stations along Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue.
Elevators at 181st Street station will be shut down for a year while the MTA replaces them under a massive modernization program at Northern Manhattan stations.
“The MTA is committed to being good neighbors, and we recognize this community’s unique and particular mobility concerns because of the very steep inclines and large hills in this area,” said MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim. “We want to get these new elevators in place and working as quickly as possible, so we will be working double shifts and providing free shuttle bus service between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue, on Day 1 of the project.”
Previously, the agency had said that no shuttle buses would be provided.
Elevator work began Sat., Aug. 3rd and will last until August 2020. Subway service at the station will not be affected.
Community residents had voiced concern that the area’s steep topography would hinder them from getting around, as many locals use the station’s elevators to travel between Fort Washington Avenue and streets located far below such as Broadway, Overlook Terrace and Bennett Avenue. According to the MTA, more than 6,000 people ride the station’s elevators each day.
The shuttle bus service will make stops at:
- Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Blvd/Corbin Circle (southbound)
- 181 St A station entrance at Fort Washington Avenue and West 185thStreet (both directions)
- 181 St A station entrance at Overlook Terrace and 184thStreet (both directions)
- 190 St A station at Fort Washington Avenue and West 190thStreet (northbound)
Buses will run between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.