Standing O’s fellow booster Borough President Markowitz does his best to “beat” the fare at the newly re-opened entrance to the Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street train station. The station hasn’t seen the light of day for more than 40 years, (not as old as Standing O, but getting there), and thanks to hard-working MTA members, and funding from the beep and Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D-Boerum Hill), the station is now open to straphangers. It’s got new lights, floors, repainted walls and even new turnstiles. “We are grateful to the elected officials whose contributions allowed us to do even more than we had planned at this historic station,” said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast. It’s estimated that the re-opening will benefit more than 11,000 F, G and R riders who use the station on any given weekday. “The opening of the east side entrance is a big win for the community,” said Borough President Markowitz. “Soon the area to this entrance will be filled with retail” —from your lips to the retailers ears, Mr. Prez. “As a longtime supporter of improving mass transit, I am proud to have provided funding to improve this station,” added Millman. Although the station is now open there is still more work to be done, but hopefully all will be done by the end of 2013.
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