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42nd Street-Times Square (New York Subway)
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42nd Street-Times Square (New York Subway)

42nd Street-Times Square is a massive station complex: five stations joined together by a vast mezzanine and underground warren of connecting passageways. This station has been undergoing total reconstruction in stages starting in the mid 1990's. The reconstruction included a new entryway on the south side of 42nd Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway, featuring a bright neon and colored glass flashing sign with the train route symbols and the word "Subway". The street level fare control at this site features restored original "Times Square" mosaics from the Contract One (now Shuttle) station walls.

In 1999, a $244 million dollar renovation of the 42nd Steet-Times Square complex began.  The goal is to reduce congestion and improve rider access, comfort and safety by improving visual lines and increasing pedestrian capacity.  The main corridor is being widened 15 feet and the number of sharp corners reduced; ADA compliance is being introduced with elevators and escalators.  The mezzanine above the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation Broadway Line will feature a large oval balcony looking over the trackway and reducing the sense of claustrophobia described by many riders.  This important project is at least a year away from completion.

The 7th Avenue line station at Times Square was the site of a 1928 wreck which killed 16 people, the second worst in NYC Transit history.

Some relative depths of stations in the Times Square complex are as follows: