Livonia Avenue train station platform.

MTA New York City Transit Livonia Avenue Station Mobility Project

Improvements to vertical transportation, stairways, and platforms create a safer passenger experience

Our Client’s Challenge

As North America’s largest public transportation agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) is a reliable and consistent source of transportation for millions of passengers.

To improve station infrastructure accessibility and create a safer passenger experience, NYCT is implementing a comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) station accessibility upgrade program that includes improvements to vertical transportation, stairways, and platforms.

Our Solution

To achieve NYCT’s goal, Gannett Fleming provided architectural, engineering, and vertical transportation design services to implement accessibility upgrades at the Livonia Avenue Station on the Canarsie Line.

This $53.9 million design-build project created an accessible route between Livonia and Van Sinderen Avenues and the elevated platform.

New ADA-compliant elevators connect:

  • The platforms.
  • Overpass.
  • Street levels (control house).

The overpass will accommodate a future connection to the adjacent Junius Station on the Interborough Rapid Transit Company’s (IRT) New Lots Line, facilitating unimpeded transfers between the Canarsie and IRT lines. In addition, two new staircases are being constructed: one from each platform up to the new overpass.

Gannett Fleming prepared an early design package for utility relocation, civil work, demolition, and state-of-good-repair work so these critical tasks could proceed to construction.

Our team provided the following services:

The Livonia Avenue Station is fully accessible and compliant with 2010 ADA standards. The elevators include a two-way communication system to assist people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in compliance with the 2020 Building Code of New York State.

The improvements contribute to a better customer experience by:

  • Making the station easier to navigate.
  • Improving functionality.
  • Enhancing aesthetics.
  • Accommodating the full spectrum of riders that comprise today’s subway system customers.

Gannett Fleming was recognized as Designer of the Year by the Society of American Military Engineers New York City Post in recognition of our contributions to the MTA’s systemwide accessibility program.

Key Features

  • New ADA-compliant elevators provide access to platforms, overpasses, and street levels at Livonia Avenue Station.
  • New stairs connect the platforms and overpasses of the Canarsie and IRT lines, facilitating unimpeded transfers.


  • Investment in station accessibility reflects MTA’s commitment to improving the commute of millions of New Yorkers.
  • Livonia Station is fully compliant with 2010 ADA standards.
  • Mobility enhancements make the station easier to navigate and improve functionality.

Awards & Recognition

  • ACEC New York, 2024, Engineering Excellence Awards, Platinum Award.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit


Brooklyn, N.Y.


Architectural and engineering design, vertical transportation design

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