Stop the 28th Street Substation

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The MTA plans to build an underground electrical power substation on 28th street between 8th and 9th avenues directly between Penn South buildings 7, 8, and 9. The choice to build this high-voltage substation on a residential block is concerning and must be stopped.

Please sign the petition and share the link with as many people as you can. The petition will be shared with the MTA and local representatives. The more signatures, the better! You can write your comments at the end of the petition.

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The MTA is planning a community information Zoom meeting on September 13 at 6:00 PM about their plans for the 28th street substation, and local representatives will be present at the meeting. They will answer questions. Please attend the meeting to voice your opposition. Click here to register.


  • The MTA estimates the project will take over 3 years, with construction work taking place six days per week: 7 AM - 6 PM Mondays through Fridays, and 8 PM - 6 PM on Saturdays, with a potential construction start date of September 2022.
  • The MTA has already solicited bids for this project (MTA bid solicitation #400413).


  • The 3 years of daily construction noise will affect the quality of life for thousands of residents living at Penn South and in the surrounding residential buildings.
  • The construction will cause noise pollution, air pollution, and a potential increase of rodents, water bugs and other vermin.
  • The placement of a powerful electrical substation may increase already-elevated urban Electro-Magnetic Frequency (Radiation) (EMF) exposure levels for years to come, especially for those living on the lower floors of the building.
  • Due to the fact that the substation will be underground, powerful vent fans will likely be needed to keep the power equipment cool, which will cause loud noise for years to come.

Constructing the substation between 8th and 9th avenues on 31st street, where there will already be construction going on, or on 33rd street along the side of the post office, would make more sense and would not affect vulnerable residents of apartment buildings on 28th and 29th streets. The MTA states that the reason for choosing 28th street is that it's easier for them to do this type of construction on a wider street. But the MTA may be choosing 28th street over commercial / non-residential nearby blocks, where large real estate entities and powerful corporations have more influence.

Residents surrounding 28th street deserve a healthy place to live. They deserve to be kept safe by the New York State Governor's Office, local politicians, and by the MTA.

Help fight the substation on 28th Street.

Call and email these politicians to voice your opposition:

Senator Brad Hoylman 212-633-8052

Assembly Member Dick Gottfried 212-807-7900

City Council Member Erik Bottcher 212-564-7757

Governor Kathy Hochul 518-474-8390

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams 212-669-7200

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This petition was created by concerned Penn South cooperators.

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