NY1 has learned the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will soon open two new transfer connections which are expected to make life easier for subway riders in Brooklyn and Queens. NY1's John Mancini filed the following report.
The subway is all about connections. But when maps come out, the magic can disappear.
"I come off the G and we're completely down the block. Every time it changes up. So it will be nice to know where to enter and exit," said one Queens straphanger.
In two new transfer spots, the answer will be to stay underground rather than hit the street to switch trains. NY1 has learned the Jay Street-Lawrence Street connector in downtown Brooklyn is to open ahead of schedule on December 10, while the Citicorp-funded Court House Square link in Long Island City is set to open a year late in February.
"People can see it. People can sense the project is nearing completion," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Riders will use a new escalator to transfer from the E, M and G to the elevated 7 train, and will no longer have to cross Jackson Avenue, where some improvise.
After years of dealing with the rain, the snow and the cold, riders say the new transfer can't open soon enough.
"I get soaked, I get poured, you know. Now that it's going to be underground, I guess it's going to be a lot better. I won't be getting wet no more," said one Queens straphanger.
While the grout's not yet dry in Brooklyn, signs of change are visible. The $160 million project includes rehab of Jay Street. The new passage, which is not quite ready, connects the A,C and F to the R. The stops are a short block apart, the legacy of a system created from three separate rail lines.
"Down the block is the 2 and the 3. They need to think about connecting all of them," said one Brooklyn subway rider.
In Long Island City, the hope is finding ways to handle more and more riders.
"It's really important for the MTA and for the City of New York to make sure that the stations that exist today meet the needs of the people who live here currently and that we continue to plan for the future," Van Bramer said.
New elevated platforms will be part of the Court House Square rehab. One transit rider who spoke with NY1 says even though he's bothered by the sway, his future won't always be underground -- mainly because of his favorite lunch spot.