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City Set to Give 191st Street Tunnel a Makeover

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A dark passageway to the subway that some subway riders say they've prefer to avoid is now getting a much-needed makeover. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Take a walk through the long, graffiti-coated tunnel leading to and from the 1 train at 191st Street, and it's not tough to emerge with an opinion.

"It's very disgusting a lot of the time," said one person nearby the tunnel.

"It's dirty, it's gross, it smells, and they should clean it more often," said another.

Now, the tunnel, which falls under the control of the city Department of Transportation, is in line for a makeover set to start this fall.

The agency said the walls and floors will get a new paint job to coat the graffiti, and stronger LED lights are set to be installed overhead, something pedestrians who use the tunnel said is a must.

"I wouldn't step in there at nighttime because you never know who can be there at night," said one pedestrian.

"Hopefully, it'll be lighter and it'll be more pleasant to walk through. I'll still use it, though," said another.

Also in the works are new signs warning cyclists to hop off their bikes instead of zipping into the tunnel. The DOT also said it's considering including some artwork.

While many residents said they're looking forward to the improvements that are coming to the tunnel, others said they worry that they'll amount to little more than putting lipstick on a pig."

"I think it's a waste of time because it's going to keep getting graffitied on," said one person in the tunnel.

"It's like to no avail, you know? Kids are always going to be kids," said another.

The passageway, and everything inside of it, has long been a sore spot among residents, subway riders, and city transportation and sanitation officials.

"I've lived here 28 years, my entire life, and it's been the same disgusting way for 28 years," said one person in the tunnel.

"It's not a very good picture, you know?" said another.

It's one the city hopes is changing soon.

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