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Smith-Ninth Street station to remain closed till fall

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Transportation-starved Red Hook straphangers are F’d until fall.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will not reopen the under-construction Smith-Ninth Street station until September at the earliest — six months after the agency promised the reopen the crumbling transit hub on the border of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens and 15 months since it shut down for repairs.

Construction snafus are the cause of the delay, MTA sources told Community Board 6 district manager Craig Hammerman this week.

The delay outrages Red Hook commuters who have few public transportation options — even when the station is operable.

“They need to get it together; what are we supposed to do?” said Danny Aiken, a Red Hook resident. “It’s upsetting.”

Aiken said she has to trek 20 minutes to the Carroll Street station — or take a crowded bus — in the morning until the station opens.

The setback comes after a scathing report blasting the B61 bus, one of the neighborhood’s few modes of transport, as unreliable and crowded.

The $32 million Smith-Ninth Street station renovation includes new canopies and lighting as part of the city’s www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/31/42/31_42_mm_smith_st.html">$257.5 million Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project, which will revamp several other stations by next year.

The MTA did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Gil from East Village says:
I am a frequent user and supporter of both the F Train and the B61 bus. Good job to both.
March 16, 2012, 1:02 pm
Gil from East Village says:
I am a frequent user and supporter of both the F Train and the B61 bus. Good job to both.
March 16, 2012, 1:02 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Wow that's not fair. You can't take something away and not give a substitute. No wonder everyone hates the MTA.
March 16, 2012, 1:50 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
it is a big job that was long overdue..stop the complaining and be happy that the run down station is finally being fixed..if they didn't fix it people would be complaining about the mta anyway.
March 16, 2012, 3:41 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Give them Unicycles!!!

Call Trans Alt and DEMAND a Unicycle!
March 16, 2012, 6:50 pm
Transportation Tommy from Ditmas Park says:
Make Atlantic Terminal a real hub by extending PATH trains from the World Trade Center.
Connect the "A" train to the Atlantic/Pacific Street station.
Add week end service to the "B" tain.
March 17, 2012, 1:50 am
Transportation Tommy from Ditmas Park says:
Make Atlantic Terminal a real hub by extending PATH trains from the World Trade Center.
Connect the "A" train to the Atlantic/Pacific Street station.
Add week end service to the "B" tain.
March 17, 2012, 1:50 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Path train by charter of the Port Authority can't go into Brooklyn - Change at the new Fulton St. hub when its finished.
March 17, 2012, 8:39 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Path train by charter of the Port Authority can't go into Brooklyn - Change at the new Fulton St. hub when its finished.
March 17, 2012, 8:39 am
Red hooked from Bk says:
Al you're clearly not affected from the change so keep your comments to yourself. If you were affected you'd be singing a different tune buddy.
March 17, 2012, 11:38 am
Red hooked from Bk says:
Al you're clearly not affected from the change so keep your comments to yourself. If you were affected you'd be singing a different tune buddy.
March 17, 2012, 11:39 am
Nix from Gowanus says:
This would never happen if it were a Manhattan station. Bloomberg wouldn't allow it.
March 18, 2012, 7:48 am
D from Windsor Terrace says:
What does this mean for 15th st and Fort Hamilton Parkway stops? Will service remain closed to these stations as well?
March 18, 2012, 8:33 pm
Echo from NYC says:
They should turn Atlantic Terminal into a real hub by extending PATH trains from the World Trade Center.
Then, connect the "A" train to the Atlantic/Pacific Street station.
It also wouldn't hurt to add week end service to the "B" tain.
I think this would clear up a lot of problems.
March 19, 2012, 11:16 am
Echo from NYC says:
...Also, there is no way Bloomberg would ever let this happen in Manhattan.
March 19, 2012, 11:19 am
Echo from NYC says:
Also, Bloomberg would never let this happen in Manhattan.
March 19, 2012, 11:20 am
Transport Tommy from Ditmas Park says:
Think big. Change the Port Authority's charter to bring PATH to Atlantic Terminal. Also, program all buses to display the name of the street where the bus stops.
March 20, 2012, 1:14 am

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