No easy riding at Carroll Street subway station
Expect confusion at the Carroll Street station next month.
For safety reasons, the MTA is closing the 2nd Place entrance to the F and G station to accommodate a controversial building being built near the entrance. The agency is installing new turnstiles at the nearby 2nd Street entrance, but that stairway is far narrower and officials fear it will become overwhelmed with straphangers.
“There are going to be many, many more people using an already crowded station,” said Paul Nelson, chief of staff or Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D-Brooklyn).
More than 10,000 straphangers use the station.
Meanwhile, the agency is removing the station agent at the other entrance at President Street as part of a system-wide reduction.
“It makes absolutely no sense and I think it’s kind of criminal,” said local resident Diane Buxbaum, 70.
Additionally, officials expect the Carroll Street station to be flooded with thousands of additional passengers when part of the nearby Smith-9th Street station closes for a year of repairs in 2011.
A full-time clerk will be on duty 24 hours a day at the 2nd Street entrance, a NYC Transit spokesman said. The entrance will close on Sept. 15 and remain that way for a year. The station agent booth will close the week after.