By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The 28th Street 6 station reopened on Monday evening after being closed for renovations since last July.
The station was expected to reopen around the same time as the 23rd Street F/M station at Sixth Avenue, which did come back into service on the last day of November, the walls of the newly-renovated station adorned with tile mosaics of Weimaraners in collared shirts, but the repairs for the 6 station in Kips Bay needed to be more extensive than the agency initially expected.
A representative for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told Town & Village that the delay in reopening 28th Street was due to significant deterioration to the station’s steel column structure that needed to be fixed. Customers were alerted through social media, station signage and digital signage that the station was expected to re-open by mid-January.
The MTA announced the station’s reopening on Twitter this past Monday, noting that the agency had repaired the platform’s structural steel and concrete, replaced the platform edges and repaired the stairways. The MTA also added new digital wayfinding and customer information screens to the station.
The station was renovated as part of a program known as the Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) that the transit agency has implemented to close stations for months at a time to make structural and cosmetic upgrades, in addition to adding wayfinding and navigation services.
The initiative was first announced in 2016 when Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed closing the redesign of 30 stations, but due to budgeting, the MTA confirmed last year that only 16 stations would be completed as part of the program.