From the Queens Chronicle:
The 71st-Continental Avenue subway station is one of the busiest in Queens, carrying four lines and connecting to three bus routes in the heart of the Forest Hills commercial district. After decades of requests, plans for handicapped accessibility to the station are moving forward with an elevator design submitted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The MTA submitted its first design for the elevator a year ago, for the southeast corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, where the sidewalk would extend out, making turns more difficult for cars and reducing the size of the eastbound Q60 bus stop.
Alongside the added pedestrian space, architect William Singer of Gruzen Samton LLP also promises more space underground.
The downside cited by CB 6 members is the removal of one staircase on each platform to accommodate the platform-to-mezzanine elevator. Board member Lynn Schulman also expressed concern that the expanded sidewalk would displace the taxi pick-up location.
While unable to provide the exact cost and timeline of the project, Raskin said that the first stage of construction is estimated at $7.5 million.