Vol. 15, No. 12      June 6 - 19 , 2002


Subway Station Rehabs Delayed
TA Vague on Scheduling


Community Board 7 members learned at a May 14 public meeting that renovations to the No. 4 IRT line would be pushed back a few months, and that work at the Mosholu Parkway station would not begin until 2006.

The plans were outlined by Jackie Carter, a community liaison for the New York City Transit Authority, and engineers from the agency. But a week later, Transit Authority spokesman Mark Groce said construction dates were "tentative" and that no date was ever scheduled to begin construction on the Mosholu Parkway station.

The mix-up has some community board members confused, especially since the apparent delays at the Mosholu station drew a strong reaction. "The room just lit up," said Andrew Laiosa, a board member and chair of the Transportation Committee. "People were ready for a fight. They were very annoyed and very shocked."

Laiosa said he, too, was upset by the proposal. "We've been asking for this for a long time," he said. "They keep telling us later and later and later. The [Mosholu] station is near Montefiore Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, Clinton High School, merchants on Jerome. I mean, give me a break. That is a very, very busy station. Of all stations, that should be given special consideration

"Under the new plan, renovation of the Fordham and Woodlawn stations will begin in August 2003 and end in July 2007, according to the Transit Authority. No dates have been set for other local No. 4 stations.

The Norwood News reported in January that work would begin at the Kingsbridge Road, Bedford Park and Mosholu stations on the No. 4 line in the first quarter of 2003. The information was based on a meeting between Carter, the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation and other community groups last December. At that meeting, Carter also said the Fordham and Woodlawn stations would begin repairs in the third quarter of 2003. Groce said the original dates [and new ones] were only tentative.

Now, Community Board 7 is focusing on the work scheduled for the Fordham and Woodlawn stations. "This could affect the entire Bronx," Laiosa said, adding that the D, 2 and 5 lines will also be renovated over the next 10 years. "It could affect the Bronx for a decade, and impact economic and social quality of life."

Laiosa said Community Board 7 will now solicit community input on the subway renovation projects and he encouraged non-board members to join the Transportation Committee.

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