Fix for Fourth Avenue station looks F’ing great

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The G train will be permanently extended to Church Avenue and the dour Fourth Avenue station will get a complete overhaul as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $250-million repair of elevated portion of the tracks between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.

Straphangers were giving the transit agency grief for weeks after news broke that the Smith-Ninth street station would be closed for nine months in 2010 to facilitate track work on the elevated Culver Viaduct. But the new service improvements announced last week at a Community Board 6 hearing may compensate for the negative vibes.

To begin with, the G train, which runs along the same tracks as the F between Bergen Street and Smith-Ninth Street, will be permanently extended to Church Avenue. Originally, the MTA said the line would add stops at Fourth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, 15th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue only until the repair work to the viaduct was completed in 2012.

But now the agency says that the direct underground link between Greenpoint and Kensington — by way of Park Slope —will be permanent.

“Anything that promotes intra-borough transit is terrific,” said Teresa Toro, founder of the Save the G Coalition.

In the last 12 years, G-train ridership has exploded. In 1995, 8.6 million rode the G — a number that rose to 12.6 million by 2006, according to the Real Deal.

In addition to the G expansion, the Fourth Avenue station — a major transfer point between the F and R lines — will get new windows and restored Art Deco details.

Many riders don’t even know that the platform was originally designed to have windows (they were boarded up in the 1970s due to vandalism, according to Forgotten New York, a Web site that chronicles the city’s architectural past).

Smith-Ninth will get some touchups, too.

The staircases leading to the platforms will be rebuilt with opaque glass and some windows — though no new elevators, as some advocates wanted.

The good news comes with some bad news: The MTA said it still cannot consider F express service until the Culver Viaduct work is completed.

Updated 4:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Yuki Endo from Jackson Heights, NY says:
This will be great news for crosstown passengers.
When Smith-9th St, B77 should be expanded to help B75 bus.
Together, both bus provide free boarding or give transfer.
Smith-9th Sts should be ADA accessible because those stairs are SO exhaunting.
Nov. 25, 2007, 2:43 pm
vera from cobble hill says:
its ridiculous not to install elevators or escalators at the 4th avenue stop that connects to the f train. those steps at 9th st leading to 4th ave to connect to the f train is hard on people with bad hearts or asthma and the elderly.someone really need to reconsider.i come home this way sometimes and i feel bad for the elderly trying to use the stairs going up from 9th st to get the f train at 4th ave.the MTA need to really look into this.
March 24, 2008, 8:54 am
Tomik from South Slope says:
Those stairs at 4th & 9th are RI-DONK-ULOUS!!!! I'm 25 and I work out, and I'm still tired as hell when I get to the top. 82 stairs!!!!! I counted the other day. Eighty-Two!!! (I had to spell it out just incase u didn't catch that the 1st time) Ya, I couldn't imagine being older or having a health condition. Something must be done!
Sept. 6, 2009, 9:20 pm
Nathanael from out of town says:
The MTA is breaking the law by refusing to install elevators when it does major renovations of stations. The ADA mandates that it spend 20% of any renovation on "eliminating architectural barriers to accessibility".

Someone should sue.
July 20, 2010, 10:19 am
Carlos Torres from Park Slope says:
I live over the 4th Ave. station and the work that is being done there is questionable. MTA had two sets of track repaired only to cover one set with a platform. Why fix or even install switch track if your going to build a platform over it. I guess it's alright since the fare has been raised yet again to spend time and money on something that is not going to be used.
Jan. 4, 2011, 10:13 am
elaine says:
It is really ridiculous climbing all them stairs when transferring ....I am willing to have ppl sign a petition on this do I go about doing this....elderly ppl and ppl with health problems have a difficult time at this station I see this can my voice be heard .......WE ARE THE PEOPLE THE PEOPLE WITH A VOICE THAT SHOULD HAVE A SAY........
Feb. 22, 2012, 10:32 pm

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