149th Street-Grand Concourse subway station gets $19 million renovation

The 149 St. - Grand Concourse subway stop has a new look after undergoing a $19 million makeover.

The 149 St. - Grand Concourse subway stop has a new look after undergoing a $19 million makeover. (12/13/13)

THE BRONX - One Bronx subway stop has a new look after undergoing a $19 million makeover.

The 149th Street-Grand Concourse station, which services the No. 2, 4 and 5 trains, was known for being one of the least appealing in the city, complete with leaks, dirt and damaged staircases.

However, officials hope the transformation will change that perception. The facelift includes platform and staircase repairs, new wall tiles, a complete repainting, improved lighting and ventilation, more signage and cleaned and drained track beds on both levels.

The stop is one of the most heavily used mass transit hubs in the city, coming in as the fourth busiest in the Bronx with about 14,000 riders entering the station on an average weekday.

Many commuters say they barely noticed the changes and think the cleanup came at too high of a price.
 

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