The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will close the R line’s Prospect Avenue subway station for six months of renovations, beginning June 5.
The overhaul is part of a $72.1 million state-funded project to modernize old stations, according to the transit authority.
Similar renovations — which will include repaired floors, walls, and ceilings, new furniture with built-in electronic charging stations, digital screens displaying real-time service information, new security cameras, and brighter lights — are already underway at the line’s 53rd Street and Bay Ridge Avenue stops.
The station will reopen in November if the project finishes on time. The transit authority says commuters should take the B37 and B63 busses for alternate service while Prospect Avenue is closed, and straphangers who rely on the R can catch it at nearby 4th Avenue and Ninth Street or 25th Street stations.
Of course, the closure will affect some people adversely, including one Sunset Park mom whose tot attends day care near the shuttering station.
“This is definitely bad news,” said Elizabeth Johnsen. “I take my toddler from his day care on 14th Street down to Sunset Park and, as anyone with a toddler will tell you, it’s not easy getting them home without a tantrum.”
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