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  1. 1 hour ago, B35 via Church said:

    Folks in Spring Creek, yeah.... However, I don't see folks in Canarsie, south of Flatlands av. really sharing that sentiment.... Good chance they'd chomp at the bit to get to the IRT quicker, if that "pesky connection" (lol) was more tolerable/feasible for riders to make....

    It still puzzles me why doesn't the (MTA) give free transfers via Metrocard after all these years but then again MTA is gonna MTA...

  2. https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-livonia-junius-transfer-capital-plan-mta-subway-20200119-tfyt55g4lzbl3j6i5ce6uswrw4-story.html

    MTA to finally connect two Brooklyn subway stations where riders were double-charged for a century

    Clayton Guse

    For decades straphangers looking to transfer from the Livonia Avenue L subway stop to the Janius Street #3 Subway stop, have been forced to exit the turnstiles walk along the street and a pedestrian overpass before swiping again to switch trains. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

    The MTA is ready to finally fix a decades-old double-charge for straphangers who transfer between two intersecting Brooklyn subway stations, making good on a 5-year-old promise.

    Riders who switch between the Livonia Ave. L station and the Junius St. No. 3 stop must exit the turnstiles at one station, walk along an outdoor elevated path, then down stairs to cross a city a street, and then back up a set of stairs before swiping through the turnstiles at the other end.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new $51.5 billion capital plan earmarks $38.4 million to connect the two stations, which are less than 1,000 feet apart, under a single enclosed facility. The agency also plans to spend millions more to make the new mega-station accessible.

    “They should have done this in the ’80s,” said straphanger Johnny Walker, who uses the transfer regularly. ”This whole thing is based on greed over progress."

    Transit planners budgeted $30 million for the same “connector” project in the agency’s 2015-2019 capital plan, along with another $15 million for a set of elevators at the stations.

    The MTA only spent $400,000 of that money for “pre-design activities,” said MTA spokesman Tim Minton. The construction of the project was rolled over into the agency’s 2020-2024 capital plan — with a 28% cost increase.

    Riders who use the transfer have had some relief over the past nine months as part of the ongoing construction on the L line.

    The MTA reprogrammed the turnstiles at the two stations to allow for a free transfer, just as is available at the much wealthier Upper East Side’s 59th and 63rd St. stations.

    But MTA officials haven’t yet decided whether the free transfers will continue until the connector project is finished.

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wasn’t surprised the MTA continued to collect two fares from riders with pay-per-ride MetroCards years after they initially promised to build the free connection.

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    “The commuters of Brownsville and East New York who rely on these stations deserve greater transparency from the MTA, and we should not be kept in the dark about these improvements,” said Adams. He wants the agency to extend the free transfer, and even consider other free transfers throughout the subway system.

    Some riders who spoke with the Daily News thought the agency had abandoned its plans after the years of delays.

    “It (the stations) should have been built like that from day one,” said Maurice Miller, 37, who lives in Brownsville near the stations. “Better late than never, but I wish they done this years ago.”

    The strange layout is a product of the subway’s history of private ownership. The New Lots Line that now carries the No. 3 and No. 4 lines was opened by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company in 1920. The stretch of L train tracks in the area dates back to the 19th century, and they were later operated by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company.

    Andrew Albert, the rider advocate on the MTA board, said the new station “rights a very long time wrong.”

    “It’s great that it’s going to be an enclosed pathway. It’s dark there at night,” said Albert. “There are a lot of people I expect will be using this transfer.”

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  3. 7 hours ago, BM5 via Woodhaven said:

    Some teenage girl on the S79 SBS (bus 4263) was allegedly hitting people on the bus, and in one altercation (after getting off the bus), she started punching and kicking windows, and shattered one of the windows on the front door of the bus. Bus was taken out at Ebbits Street. 

    That girl was looking for trouble it looks like :D

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