Coney Island/Stillwell Ave. bound F train entering the Smith-9th Sts. station on the F & G. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit
Yesterday’s edition of the Metro paper had a story sure to make riders on the F & G cringe. The MTA has announced that the Smith-9th Streets station will be closed up to 1 year as repairs made on the crumbling Culver Viaduct, which stretches over the Gowanus Canal. The repairs will also cause temporary platforms to be in use at the 4th Ave. station. No exact time frame has been given as to when the station will start being closed. Based on initial estimates, the initial guess is the closure will take up most of the year 2010.
Here are some comments about the project:
NYC Transit spokesperson Paul Fleuranges – “The bottom line is quite simple: The infrastructure work and system upgrades that comprise this project are necessary for the continued and future safe operation of the current F and G service.”
NYC Transit’s Connie Crawford – “We’ve talked to the community about that — they’re well aware. his is major, major work at that station.”
However Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman disagrees with Connie’s assessment which prompted him to say “We’ve jumped a step somewhere. We might have been blazed over. It would be an outrageous inconvenience.”
This is definitely a huge blow as that station is one of the most important stops the F makes in Brooklyn. I am sure local residents are not thrilled with this announcement. However I hope they understand that this is for everyone’s good & sometimes inconveniences are part of making things right.