Construction underway at Sheepshead Bay station as MTA installs accessibility upgrades

MTA begins construction at Sheepshead Bay station.
The MTA has begun construction on accessibility upgrades at the Sheepshead Bay station.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Construction is underway at the Sheepshead Bay subway station as part of the agency’s accessibility and modernization project. 

The southern Brooklyn station at Voorhies Avenue is getting a facelift with two new elevators, upgraded staircases and station entrances, boarding areas compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, and improved electrical and communications systems. 

The renovations come as part of the MTA’s efforts to make more train stations accessible for all New Yorkers. 

According to Quemuel Arroyo, chief accessibility officer for the MTA, the department is committed to making their entire system fully accessible.

More accessible and reliable MTA improvements on the way
Construction is slated to wrap up in 2025.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

“With these new elevators spread throughout the subway system and across Long Island, a large number of riders with disabilities, customers with children in strollers and visitors with luggage will benefit from an easier way to access mass transit,” he said in a statement last year. 

Sheepshead Bay station is one of several Brooklyn train stops being upgraded. Earlier this summer, the agency began similar renovations at the 95th Street station in Bay Ridge. 

The projects are supported with funds allocated by the MTA’s 2020-2024 Capital Program. The team dedicated $5.2 billion to make stations accessible and almost $600 million to upgrading elevators to improve reliability. 

Construction is estimated to wrap up by in 2025.