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181 st station reopens tomorrow 8/31/09


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Got this email from the mta


The 181 St station on the No. 1 line will re-open for service tomorrow morning (Monday, Aug 31), at 5 AM, in time for the morning rush period.


Work over the past weekend stabilized some additional loose brick and repositioned scaffolding to maximize space along the platforms at both 168 St and 181 St stations.


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Well...that went quicker than expected. Just like the Chambers St fire that was scheduled to have (A)/© service in a rut for a year. Good. I'm going up there tomorrow to get some quick pics and see upper Broadway.

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it was quicker than expected because they really did not fix the problem. they just put the brick back up. they did not even bother to find the cause of the water damage. but whatever the people wanted their service. at 168 all they did was screw supports into the ceiling again no major inspections or repairs. i was at 168st on sunday. 1 good thing they did was clean the asbestos out the station.

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From Mass Transit magazine's website:




MTA to Ramp Up Station Inspections After Ceiling Collapse


Posted: September 3rd, 2009 10:23 AM EDT


Heather Haddon



NEW YORK - The MTA will conduct tougher station inspections in the wake of last month's ceiling collapse at the 181st Street stop on the No. 1 train, transit officials said Tuesday.


Engineers are beefing up NYC Transit's protocol for station inspections to include new technology that can "spot potentially serious latent defects," transit spokesman Charles Seaton said. Officials yesterday did not further elaborate.


Currently, inspectors primarily eyeball a station to determine its soundness. After the ceiling collapse on Aug. 16, relying on visual inspections is "obviously inadequate," NYC Transit President Howard Roberts stated in internal communication Friday.


The collapsed had shuttered the 181st Street station until Monday, and transit officials also had closed the 168th Street station for two consecutive weekends to deal with structural problems in the ceiling. Crews will continue working to replace the bricks at both stations in the coming weeks, and scaffolding will limit the space on platforms. Weekend service is not expected to be disrupted again, a transit spokeswoman said.


Transit advocates are hoping the MTA will start using devices that can detect water damage through sound waves. Water seepage is believed to have played some role in the ceiling collapse, which knocked out service for two weeks.


A 2008 survey of 50 stations by the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA found that more than half had water leaks.

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