Tired of lines at the 7th Ave. Station?

Tired of lines at the 7th Ave. Station?

Good news for many Park Slope commuters!  The MTA is moving forward with plans to reduce crowding and improve flow at the 7th Avenue F/G Subway stop. That means a smoother commute for the station’s 12,000 daily riders--many of whom are tired of standing in line every morning on their way in/out of the stop.

The MTA will accomplish this by adding high-speed turnstiles to both the 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue entrances of the station. These would replace the very slow, roundabout turnstiles that are currently in place. These changes are part of a larger planned station upgrade

Putting in faster turnstiles will save time and make life a little easier for the thousands who use the station each day. While it can be just a minute or two, I've spent enough time talking to people while waiting (to get in, or to get out) to know that it can be a frustrating wait ... and this will be a small but meaningful change in people's daily commute.

I’m especially excited to share that the changes were proposed by your neighbors through the Participatory Budgeting NYC process! The MTA researched the project (which will cost $400,000) and decided that it made sense to move forward. Community Board 6 voted to approve the changes at their meeting last week, and the MTA will hold their own hearing on the changes later this fall.

Since this news was first announced, I have heard some concerns expressed about the MTA's proposal. I completely agree that we need an elevator at the 7th Avenue Station, and to make the station accessible for people with disabilities. I've lobbied the MTA for this in the past, along with other elected officials, and will continue to do so. That will take a long-term campaign, since it will cost $15 million and is not currently in the MTA's capital plan (for which they already have a multi-billion dollar shortfall). I'm hoping this will be one of the recommendations of the Methodist Traffic Task Force, and I look forward to working with you and other elected officials to push the MTA to include this in their plan, and to come up with the public funding necessary to make it real.  But, in the meantime, we should still move forward with the new high-speed turnstiles.

The plan does involve moving the token booth to the 7th Avenue side (where about two-thirds of the users are), and closing the mezzanine passageway, which could be dangerous without the booth. On those rare occasions when commuters who live closer to the 8th Avenue entrance need the token booth, instead of walking underground halfway down the block, you'll have to walk above ground down to 7th Avenue. So it is a slight inconvenience. But the vast majority of 8th Avenue users don't need the token booth, and will benefit from the new high-speed turnstiles -- so most people will benefit a little bit every day.

I’d be glad to hear your additional thoughts on this change, but I really believe it makes sense, and will make commuting a little easier in our neighborhood


P.S. Have another idea for a small, but meaningful improvement for your neighborhood? Bring it to one of our upcoming neighborhood assemblies and get involved in the Participatory Budgeting Process. Our first one is coming up in just over a week. RSVP for the first event here

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