MTA to install netting at 61st St-Woodside station

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Months after debris rained down on Woodside residents from the elevated subway track, the MTA is taking action to prevent further incidents.

On Saturday, MTA New York City Transit announced a new pilot program to test the feasibility of netting to capture debris while still allowing regular inspections.

The 61 St-Woodside station on the 7 line was chosen as one of four sites for the netting “due to a history of loose debris and higher elevations.”

As the MTA noted, the Woodside station, which opened in 1917, runs above Roosevelt Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Queens. It’s also a connection to the Long Island Rail Road.

“Owing to its age and exposure to weather conditions year-round, this location is particularly susceptible to deterioration that may cause debris to periodically fall from the structure,” the MTA says.

Case in point: on February 21, a beam crashed through a car windshield below the 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Street. The driver was not hurt.

On Marc 6, more debris rained down at 62nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, striking a moving car. Again, no one was injured.

This led to elected officials calling for immediate action from the MTA.

According to the MTA, a $2 million contract for the netting on the 7 line, as well as the Jamaica J/Z lines, was already awarded on July 5 to FOS.

Let’s hope the netting works to protect the people below.

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