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Closing for repairs! Prospect Avenue station shuttering for six-month renovation project

Oh baby!: Bay Ridge straphanger Carlos Aguilar is bummed that the R train Prospect Avenue station near his 20-month-old daughter Reese’s daycare is closing for renovations, but he’s not as bummed as the little girl herself, who will now have to schlep it from the Ninth Street station — and has run out of snacks.
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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.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:19 pm, June 8, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

John Q. Public from the County of Kings says:
Throw a bone to the folks around the Prospect Avenue "R" who are headed to downtown Brooklyn by establishing a temporary B103 bus stop at 4th Avenue and either 16th or 17th Streets or Prospect in BOTH directions.

Since the B103 enters and exits the Prospect Expressway on top of the train station, an easy installation/stop for southbound buses could be made at the southeast corner of 17th Street by the grocery store. Northbound can be placed at the northwest corner of Prospect Avenue, as the bus continues down to 3rd Avenue. Would, at the very least, help the folks transfer to/from the F/G/R at 9th St.
May 25, 2017, 8:04 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
Expect overcrowding along the B37, the B63 and the B103 in the considerable future during the temporary shutdowns on three of the R train chosen stations.
May 25, 2017, 11:29 am

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