After a six-month makeover the Bay Ridge Ave. station was reopened on Friday. The 102-year-old Bay Ridge Ave. station had its grand reopening, with MTA chief Joe Lhota on hand to cut the ribbon with local elected officials. It is one of four stops on the R line that underwent extensive renovations under Gov. Cuomo’s enhanced station initiative – new digital information signs, countdown clocks, electronic charging ports, brighter lighting and artwork. This is part of Joe Lhota’s $836 million subway rescue plan.
“The work that we’ve done here was to bring it into the 21st Century,” MTA chief Joe Lhota
“We’re not letting one minute go to waste during nonpeak hours,” Lhota said, adding that once new cars arrive and signal equipment is installed, the MTA will be able to run more trains. The quality of service is what Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) says is really “critical.”
“It’s nice to have these surroundings and we love it, we thank you for it,” Gentile said. “It’s like when your landlord paints your apartment for free, you like it right? But you still need heat and hot water.”
During the rennovation, the MTA did not add an elevator for elderly, wheelchairs or people who have difficulty walking on steps. The nearest accessible station is at the Atlantic Ave-Barclays hub, nine stops away. Four other R line stations – 59th St., 77th St., 86th St. and Bay Ridge-95th St. – will have elevators added for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“We couldn’t do it for this site because of the logistics, if we were able to do it, we would do it.” Joe Lhota