MTA New York City Transit opened the enhanced Prospect Av station in Brooklyn, the third station to re-open after extensive, accelerated renovations as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. The new Prospect Av station features countdown clocks at each of its three entrances, modern LED lighting, Wi-Fi connectivity, new digital displays, USB ports, and an upgraded security system.
In the fare control area, glass barriers have replaced metal bars, enhancing sightlines and allowing more natural light to enter the station. New canopies have been deployed at two of the station’s three entrances. Other upgrades include wayfinding floor tiles for the visually-impaired, new handrails, stair treads, wall tiles, and granite flooring.
The 102-year-old Prospect Av station was closed on June 5, 2017, and, just five months later, the station has opened to the public.
The Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) program builds upon a larger campaign aimed at improving the New York City Transit system. The MTA is undertaking component and renewal work at more than 170 other stations. This station was completed under a design-build contract, which designates a single team to be responsible for the design and construction of an entire project. Design-build ensures seamless coordination between all contractors on a project so that work is completed in the shortest possible time frame.
The Prospect Av station, which serves as a central transit point for four Brooklyn neighborhoods, also features new artwork, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, by Monika Bravo, a Colombian-born, Brooklyn-based artist. The composition layers pixelated satellite images presented in mosaic tesserae, historical maps and photos of the nearby waterfront, and forms drawn from modern abstraction. Data and material are woven together to create a new code that connects technology, process, and illusion.