Living Memorial To Honor MTA Transit Workers Lost To CoViD-19

Published on January 25, 2021, 11:19 pm
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The global pandemic has led to unimaginable loss to the MTA family, with 136 employees dying of CoViD-19 since the pandemic began.

To honor and pay tribute to those who have been lost too soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today launched an engaging visual memorial to those employees, heroes, who dedicated their lives to moving New Yorkers through the city and region.

Built around photographs, shared by family members, the memorial was designed by MTA Arts & Design at the request of Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of MTA New York City Transit. It is entitled Travels Far after a poem by Tracy K. Smith, former U.S. Poet Laureate, that was commissioned for this project and will appear in multiple languages at stations.

The online version is accompanied by an original score of the same name by composer Christopher Thompson, which was also commissioned for the memorial. This special tribute involved many people in various disciplines including New York City Transit liaisons to the family, and in-house talent from marketing, web and digital content teams.

The memorial will appear as an eight-minute video running on 138 three-panel digital screens at 107 subway stations today, Monday, January 25, 2021, through Sunday, February 07, 2021. The video will play twice consecutively three times per day, at 10:30 a.m., 02:30 p.m. and 08:30 p.m. and is available to view on a website, featuring the memorial and portraits.

“CoViD-19 has been a devastating scourge on our entire country and, tragically, that includes the MTA’s workforce,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “We quickly made sure that those families who lost an MTA worker to CoViD-19 were taken care of financially, but the launch of today’s memorial is aimed at personalizing the legacies of those who died during the pandemic. It is a moving tribute to the members of our heroic workforce who lost their lives and we will continue to make sure those who perished are not forgotten.”

“The pandemic has marked an unimaginably challenging and painful time at New York City Transit,” Feinberg said. “Today marks the next step in our ongoing efforts to honor the colleagues, friends and family members who were taken from us too soon. These men and women were the heroes of the transit system – conductors, bus and train operators, cleaners – but they were also mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. We think of them daily and we continue to mourn them with their friends and families.”

Travels Far, with its poignant title and thoughtful words by Tracy K. Smith, helps us remember these courageous members of the MTA family in a way that pays tribute and honors them and their workplace contributions,” said Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design. “Surrounded by a spectrum of colors, the portraits in black and white allow us a glimpse into unique personalities known to their families and colleagues. This memorial shows that art can be a powerful messenger, conveying loss and honoring the memory of our colleagues.”

“Transport Workers Union Local 100 will never forget our union brothers and sisters who perished in service to the city,” said Tony Utano, President, Transport Workers Union Local 100. “It is our fervent hope that with this memorial the riding public also keeps them in their hearts and minds. Stop for a moment during your daily travels and reflect on these departed heroes, the lives lost, and the heartbreak being carried by their families and co-workers. May they rest in peace.”

Travels Far

What you gave—
brief tokens of regard,
soft words uttered
barely heard,
the smile glimpsed
from a passing car. 

Through stations
and years, through
the veined chambers
of a stranger’s heart—
what you gave
travels far.

Tracy K. Smith

A full list of the stations where the memorial will appear is included below.

Train Line Station  
1103rd Street
1137th Street – City College 
1145th Street
1 157th Street
118th Steeet
123rd Street
150th Street
1 59th Street
166th Street
179th Street
186th Street
1 Canal Street
1 Cathedral Parkway (110th Street) 
1Christopher Street
1Cortlandt Street
1Houston Street
1Rector Street
6 103rd Street
6110th Streer
6 116th Street
6 23rd Street
633rd Streer
651st Streer
677th Street
6 96th Street
6 Astor Place
6 Bleecker Street
6 Canal Street
6 Spring Streer
7 Court House Square
7Hunters Point 
7 Times Square 
7 Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue
123Times Square 
23116th Street
23125th Street
23135th Street
23Bergen Street
23 Borough Hall 
23 Fulton Street
23 Wall Street
2345 Atlantic Avenue
45Bowling Green 
45 Fulton Center 
45 Wall Street
456125th Street
45614th Street -Union Square 
456 59th Street
456 86th Street
aDyckman Street
abcd 59th Street – Columbus Circle 
abcdefm W 4th Street
ac23rd Street
acClinton – Washington 
acFranklin Avenue
acKingston – Throop 
acLafayette Avenue
ac Nostrand Avenue
acRalph Avenue 
bc 103rd Street
bc 116th Street
bc 135th Street
bc81st Street – Museum of Natural History 
bc 96th Street
bd 161st Street – Yankee Stadium 
bd Grand Street
bdfm 42nd Street – Bryant Park 
bdfm50th Street – Rockefeller Center 
bdfmBroadway – Lafayette Streer
bq Avenue H 
bqAvenue J 
ce155th Street
ce50th Street
ejzJamaica Center Parsons / Archer 
em 5th Avenue – 53rd Street
emCourt Square – 23rd Street
f 21st Street – Queensbridge 
f Bergen Street
f Delancey Street
fg 4th Avenue
fg Ft. Hamilton Parkway
fg Smith Street – 9th Street
fm 14th Street
g Broadway   
g Classon Avenue
g Clinton Washington Avenuea
g Court Square 
g Flushing Avenue
g Fulton Street
g Greenpoint Avenue
g Metropolitan Avenue
g Myrtle Willoughby 
g Nassau Avenue
jmz Essex Street
jmz Flushing Avenue
jmz Hewes Street
jmz Lorimer Street
jmz Marcy Avenue
jz Broad Street
jz Fulton Street
jz Kosciusko Street
l 14th Street – Union Square 
l 3rd Avenue
l Bushwick Avenue
l Dekalb Avenue
l Graham Avenue
l Grand Street
l Halsey Street
l Jefferson Street
l Lorimer Street
l Montrose Avenue
l Morgan Avenue
m Central Avenue
m Knickerbocker Avenue
mr 36th Street
mr 46th Street
mr 63rd Drive
mr 65th Street
mr Elmhurst Avenue
mr Northern Boulevard 
mr Steinway Street
mr Woodhaven Boulevard
n Spring Street
nq Canal Street
nqrw14th Street – Union Square 
r  45th Street
r  49th Street
r  5th Avenue
r  77th Street
r  9th Street
rwCanal Street
rw  City Hall 
rw  Cortlandt Street
r  Pacific Street
r  Rector Street
r  Union Street

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