While everyone is focused on the Summer of Hell and sudden, unexpected train problems, it can be easy to lose sight of the subway issues that we all knew were coming and forgot about. For instance, with work done on the Manhattan-bound side of some Brooklyn N train stations, the same seven stations on the Coney Island-bound tracks will close until the end of next year.
The transit agency announced that seven Brooklyn stops on the N (Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St) will be closed on the Coney Island-bound side starting July 31st, and will remain that way until "late 2018" to allow uninterrupted repair work to be done at the stations. Once this work is finished, riders at northbound and southbound stations will be able to enjoy "new accessibility-compliant platforms, brighter lighting, new stairs and new paint," and even some new artwork according to the MTA's press release.
While Coney Island-bound N trains run express between 8 Av and Coney Island-Stillwell Av staring at the end of the month, the MTA suggests people either take the nearby D and F trains to get where they're going, or get on southbound trains at 8 Av, Bay Pkwy and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
And while this feels like yet another screw up by everyone's most-hated public authority, this is actually the last phase in a $395.7 million project to rehabilitate and modernize the 100-year-old stations. Then again, if you actually depend on those stations, you could rightfully ask why the state shirked its duty to invest in mass transit for so damn long to the point where these repairs required huge service disruptions like this.