Park Slope Advocates Push For Simple Fixes At 4th Ave-9th St Station

Stained wall on the Manhattan bound side of the 9th St station.Stained wall on the Manhattan bound side of the 9th St station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit.

If local Park Slope advocates had their way, the MTA would embark om simple fixes for the many problems at the 4th Ave-9th St station on the D Train, F Train, M Train, N Train, & R Train (D Train & N Train late nights only) respectively. The station which like its Smith-9th St counterpart is in pretty bad condition & in need of repairs. Both stations had been in line for a huge overhaul but as with many other projects, both have been victims of the financial crisis going on within the MTA leading to repairs on a smaller scale. New York Daily News reporter Rachel Monahan has more on what the Park Slope Civil Council feels needs to be done:

Park Slope advocates fear the Fourth Ave. stop at Ninth St. won’t ever be refurbished because of budget problems – so they want simpler fixes made now.

“Instead of a high-dollar renovation, we can achieve something tangible for less money,” said Michael Cairl of the Park Slope Civic Council.

Their proposal includes refurbishing a spot under the F-line viaduct for use as a newsstand or a cafe.

“That would be a way for the MTA to make some money,” said Cairl. “In these times, the MTA needs to be more creative about how to maximize its real estate.”

But Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said they’ve already determined what repairs need to be done, and said the project would begin in 2010.

New York City Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said the agency already has worked out “all of the parameters” for the project, which is now slated to be finished by 2012.

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