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What’s Going Down

Here’s what we know so far about the first leg of the new Q extension line.

A rendering of a new Q station.  

Post-Mosaic Art: Some station entrances are double or triple height, allowing for large-scale, site-specific installations like one by artist Sarah Sze, who’s expected to draw a lavender, blue, and violet landscape on the walls of the 96th Street concourse.

Shvitz-Free Platforms: MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz says platforms will be “air-tempered,” meaning they’ll be cooled to comfortable temps à la Grand Central station’s 4, 5, and 6 platforms, the only station that currently has this feature.

Dummyproof Entrances: No need to check if you’re on the correct side of the street to catch an uptown or downtown train; the hubs will have mezzanines that lead to both platforms.

Roomier Subway Stops: There’ll be wider platforms and up to 13-foot-high ceilings throughout.

Other Perks: iPad-like touchscreens (which will include schedules and maps), cell-phone and Wi-Fi service, countdown clocks, and elevators and escalators at each station.


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