Brooklyn MTA delays reopening of Smith-9th St. subway station until fall

Mia’s Thoughts- $32,000,000 almost two years in the 21st century and this newly renovated station In a populated part of brooklyn and it is not wheelchair accessible, not ADA* compliant.
Reposted from a story By Conor Febos for New York Daily News
The Smith-9th St. subway station has been closed for renovations since last June– and it won’t open back up until the fall.
. .The MTA has delayed the reopening of the Smith-9th St. subway station – leaving straphangers fuming and local businesses fearing it could deal their bottom lines a fatal blow.

The Carroll Gardens F and G train station – also the closest stop for many in transit-starved Red Hook – has been closed for a major renovation project since last June, and was slated to reopen this month – but now MTA officials say it won’t be open until fall due to construction complications.

“I really might have to close my whole business down because of this,” said Abdul Zaokari, owner of 9th Street Luncheonette below the subway station, who has already scaled his opening hours back four hours. “I’ve asked MTA to give me a break since I pay them for my rent, but they don’t listen. And even worse, they don’t realize how many customers used to come here in the morning, for lunch and even for a quick dinner. I’ve lost 80 percent of those customers.

“I really don’t know how my business can survive until November when they say the subway will be finished,” he said.

MTA spokesman Charles Seaton said the opening was pushed back because of “especially challenging conditions” due to the age of the 78-year-old station, which has never been fixed up before, and its height, the tallest in the subway system.

“We regret the inconvenience,” he said.

Abdul Ali, 38, who works at 9th Street Deli, said business is down 75% since the station closed. “The postponement of the subway station is killing our business,” he said. “Our deli is barely surviving, but at least it’s still alive. Shops all around here are closing since we don’t have the kind of rushes we had in the past.”

Many riders are forced to take longer walks or wait for the notoriously slow B61 bus.

“It’s just ridiculous how this whole thing has gone down and how we continue to suffer and deal with this annoyance,” said William Maneggio; 45, of Carroll Gardens. “Now we’re paying for extra rides on any of the bus routes toward Smith St., all because they keep pushing the subway construction back.”

The $32 million renovations are part of the Culver Viaduct Rehabilitation Project, and will include new lights, a public address system, and fixed up platforms and stairs


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I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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