The MTA will begin installing new “wide-aisle” turnstiles in the subway system later this year, officials said.
During a board meeting Tuesday morning, MTA chief accessibility officer Quemuel Arroyo said the new, wider turnstiles will first be installed at two subway stations: Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue in Queens and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
He added that the MTA hopes to expand the “wide-aisle” gates to more stations, but that they will be tested at the stations in Queens and Brooklyn beginning in the spring.
“We are finally installing those gates this year,” Arroyo said during the MTA’s New York City Transit committee meeting. “This is the first time that the MTA is changing their fare array and how our customers access our systems.”
The new design was created to better help wheelchair users enter and exit the subway system, but Arroyo noted they will also improve access for customers with bikes, strollers, luggage and other large items.
The MTA first unveiled the new turnstiles in 2021.