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42 St Connection

A new experience below 42 Street

We’re investing in the corridor below 42 St—at Grand Central, Bryant Park and Times Square Stations—from redesigning passageways and platforms and adding elevators, to expanding stairways and transforming the 42 St Shuttle train into a fully accessible service.

A lot has changed since the tracks on which the 42 St Shuttle run opened as part of the original subway system over 100 years ago. And it's crucial: More people use this corridor every day than the entire Boston subway and bus system in a day.

Today, these stations are too crowded and too inaccessible. We're fixing that. The work we’re doing will make the journey faster and accessible for people of all abilities—connecting more of New York for more New Yorkers.

Learn about the 42 St Connection Project.

Look for these improvements

We're doing a lot of work. And we're phasing it to minimize the impact on your commute. 

The good news: Stations and service will remain open with limited changes. The better news: When we're done, it will be easier for you to get around.

Here's what you can look forward to:

More space to move

More (and bigger) platforms and mezzanines. More turnstiles. Wider stairways, and new ones. You’ll spend less of your commute navigating our stations, so you can get to your destination that much faster.

Learn how we're making more space.

More reliability

We’re overhauling the existing escalators and adding new ones to the Grand Central Station complex. We’re upgrading and adding modern elevators, too.

Read about our new, more reliable equipment.

More accessiblity

While the rest of Times Square and Grand Central meet ADA standards, the the 42 St Shuttle that connects them is inaccessible to too many people. We’re fixing that. From end-to-end, the 42 St corridor will be open and accessible to everyone.

See how we're making the 42 St Shuttle accessible.

How to navigate service and space changes

We're keeping service running and stations open as much as possible to minimize the impact on your commute. Certain projects require temporary closures of escalators, elevators and entrances, and other projects will fully close some entrances while we rebuild new, bigger ones. 

Read more about service changes at:

Why this is important

New York City is at the center of so much, and 42 Street is physically in the middle of it. For more than 100 years, our transit hubs have been central to the transportation systems that fuel the economic and cultural prosperity of the city and beyond. 

Improvements to Times Square and Grand Central Station and Terminal will help the rest of the system—and your commute—run more smoothly.