This past Friday, MTA NYC Transit held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed rehab of the Jay Street-MetroTech rehab. The rehab including a complete renovation of the Jay Street/Borough Hall , , & station as well as connecting it with the Lawrence Street-MetroTech station on the . I was invited to the ceremony by the agency but could not attend. Here are some details courtesy of a press release:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has put the finishing touches on a completely renovated Jay Street/Borough Hall A, C, F station as well as a new free connection to the Lawrence Street/MetroTech R station. Put it all together and you have the newly renamed Jay Street/MetroTech Station, an inviting entry point to the bustling Downtown Brooklyn area!
For the first time, customers can transfer between A, C and F lines at Jay Street to R line trains at Lawrence Street. The new transfer provides a strategic connection between multiple routes in Brooklyn. The R train has existing cross-platform connections at DeKalb Avenue to the B, Q, N and D routes so connecting it to the A, C and F Lines offers several convenient travel options. It is projected that approximately 35,000 customers will use the transfer each day.
“The new Jay Street/MetroTech Station dramatically improves the way that New Yorkers travel to and through Downtown Brooklyn,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. “We’ve providing a host of new travel options, improving the customer experience with new amenities and making the Jay and Lawrence Street stations connected and accessible to the disabled for the first time. These stations are only steps apart, yet they’ve stood unconnected since 1933. That changes today.”
“From day one, this is going to be a vital transfer point for our customers, creating another transit hub in Downtown Brooklyn,” said NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast. “Customers will also benefit from the new accessibility features. The opening of this link, as well as two other new transfers to be placed into service next year — Broadway-Lafayette B, D, F and M to the uptown No. 6 at Bleecker Street and the No. 7 train to the G at Court Square — continues the physical consolidation of a subway which had originally been built and operated as three separate systems. These new connections serve as a cost effective means of increasing our customers’ abilities to get around various potential disruptions..”
The project includes extensive rehabilitation of the Jay Street Station, including the addition of full ADA accessibility to both the Jay Street Station and Lawrence Street Station platforms. Three ADA elevators have been built into the Jay Street Station. The new ADA accessible transfer connector links the east side of the Jay Street Station mezzanine to the north end of the Lawrence Street station platform along Willoughby Street. Two escalators, one stairway and an ADA elevator have been installed as part of the transfer connection.
The rehabilitation also includes reorganization of the fare control areas to improve customer flow, reorganization of the station rooms, a power upgrade, new lighting throughout the complex, a new communication system, new flooring, new wall tiles, painting throughout and art work chosen by MTA Arts for Transit.
The Jay Street/Lawrence Street rehabilitation contract was awarded in March 2007 and the project cost $164.5 million.
Check out the official introduction video courtesy of the MTA’s Youtube page:
I look forward to checking out this station in the coming days & getting some pictures for Eye On Transit which will reopen next month.
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