Today’s commute — enjoy new transfer from Lawrence Street R to the A/C and F at Jay Street

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Brooklyn commuters will greet the new workweek with a new free transfer — but the $164-million question is whether anyone really needs it.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled on Friday afternoon its new passageway between the R train at Lawrence Street and the A/C and F trains at Jay Street-Borough Hall — rechristening the new complex “Jay Street-Metrotech” after its $164-million sprucing up.

The agency said that 35,000 customers would use the new transfer every day, though few straphangers actually need the new connection.

The new transfer seems to benefit only R riders who are headed to Manhattan’s Lower East Side but get on the train north of the existing Ninth Street transfer to the F train in Park Slope. Making the one-block underground transfer from the R to the A or C doesn’t help much in Lower Manhattan, as the R, A and C are so close together down there.

But politicians and MTA officials were looking at the bigger picture: The renovation of the Jay Street complex is finally complete after three years.

“This station was a black eye on our Downtown,” said Borough President Markowitz. “The rehabilitation has turned blight into something that is befitting the city’s third-largest commercial district. We finally have a station that is worthy of Brooklyn and Brooklynit­es.”

A portion of the renovation costs were taken up by the installation of elevators to make the station handicapped accessible. Plus, one percent was set aside as part of the “Arts for Transit” program to install tiles featuring animal species that have migrated to Brooklyn over the years.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VLM from Park Slope says:
"Making the one-block underground transfer from the R to the A or C doesn’t help much in Lower Manhattan, as the R, A and C are so close together down there."

That's horrendously bad. It's true that the R, A and C are "so close together down there" in Lower Manhattan, but it's an out-of-system transfer. The only free transfer between the BMT Broadway and IND 8th Ave. lines is at Times Square. This is a huge benefit for a lot of people. Don't downplay it with terrible analysis.
Dec. 13, 2010, 3:02 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
This connection helps anyone along the R, N, or D lines in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, etc, that wants to go to Rockaway. That is just one example, do a few seconds of research and it's easy to come up with more examples of how this benefits many people.

Your paper can use some writers with at least a working knowledge of Brooklyn.
Dec. 13, 2010, 8:43 am
linda b from carroll gardens says:
Another benefit is easier access to Long Island Railroad Terminal at Atlantic Terminal from Carroll Gardens - now we can take the F to the R to the Terminal without going to 4th Avenue stop and up the interminable staircase!!
Dec. 13, 2010, 1:21 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
As Common Sense from Bay Ridge says, this writer didn't do any basic research and his assumption that people from Brooklyn travel only to Manhattan and not to other parts of Brooklyn and Queens isn't very Brooklyn-centric.

Just one example based on my own experience and Common Sense's comment: to "transfer" from the A/C coming from Rockaway or Ozone Park or Euclid Avenue to the D, R, or N trains going to Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, or Sunset Park, riders like me now sometimes get out at the Lafayette Street C station and walk 5 blocks to the Atlantic Terminal. The weather can make that difficult sometimes, and if people don't have an unlimited MetroCard, they'd have to pay an extra fare. Now they can stay indoors and travel on one fare.
Dec. 13, 2010, 2:12 pm
Dan from Park Slope says:
Here are some project benefits:

1. A/C Riders from east of downtown can now Use the R to access the South Ferry area (which is not all that close to the A/C) and southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods.

2. R riders can now access the A/C without having to make an extra time-consuming transfer to the F at 4th Ave/9th St.

3. F train and R train riders both get a little more redundancy in the case of night and weekend service changes.

4. DUMBO becomes more accessible to people who don't live near IND stations.

5. Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill residents get the same access to the R that F riders south of 4th Ave have.

It's pretty obvious that this transfer offers some significant advantages to a large number of Brooklyn subway riders. Why does the Brooklyn Paper think this isn't a useful transfer?
Dec. 13, 2010, 2:13 pm
ch from bh says:
Damn, this publication is slipping.

All it's really good for anymore is... is... um...

Dec. 13, 2010, 6:48 pm
Upstate Rob from Upstate NY says:
One big easy is coming from JFK if you live on any of the four BMT lines in South Brooklyn. Coming down the A train, aside from the Franklin Shuttle, there was virtually no way into South Brooklyn aside from, as they pointed out, the HUGE trip into Manhattan OR by using the F elevated to underground at Smith/9th (which, by the way, is being 1/2 cut off for construction) so this is not just good timing, but good planning on the MTA's part. Never heard of the BrooklynPaper before and, probably, never will again. Is Flatbush Life still around?
Jan. 9, 2011, 10:39 pm

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