Five Manhattan subway stations to close for a year

The MTA plans to close five Washington Heights subway stations for a year each to replace the elevators and upgrade safety systems, the agency announced on Tuesday morning.

The 168th Street, 181st Street and 191st Street stations on the 1 and the 181st Street and 190th Street stations on the A will each be closed at some point between January of 2019 and February of 2022, according to the agency plans.

The renovation dates will be staggered so that only two of the stations will be closed concurrently.

The closures are needed to replace the often broken elevators and replace fire, security, and communications systems, MTA officials said.

“Replacing these elevators is long overdue and critical for reliable access to these unique ‘deep stations,’ and we’ve put together a schedule that takes care not to cause unnecessary inconvenience for customers,” said MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford.

The MTA will offer riders extra bus service in the area and free transfers between some neighborhood subways stations and bus lines.

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