Bay Ridge Enhanced Station

Leni Schwendinger led the lighting design for the MTA’s Enhanced Station initiative project at Sunset Park’s 53rd Street Station.

“The newly renovated 53rd Street R subway station opened Friday in Sunset Park, Brooklyn ahead of schedule.

Completed in less than six months, the new station is the first of 33 to undergo extensive, accelerated renovations as part of a broader program aimed at improving the New York City Transit system. Bay Ridge Avenue and Prospect Avenue Stations are being worked on now.

The MTA is undertaking component and renewal work at more than 170 other stations.

The new 53 street Station includes countdown clocks at each of its five entrances, enhanced LED lighting, WiFi connectivity, new digital displays throughout the station, USB ports, and an upgraded security system.

In the fare control area, glass barriers have replaced metal bars, enhancing sightlines and allowing more light to enter the station. A pair of the station’s entrances feature new canopies. Other upgrades include wayfinding floor tiles for the visually-impaired, new handrails, stair treads, wall tiles, granite flooring, and light rail fixtures.”

Greg Mocker, WPIX 11


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Newly Renovated R Train Subway Stations Opening in Brooklyn, WPIX 11


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