Following weeks of chaos at the Coney Island subway station, NYC Transit will again staff a token booth at the main exit to the beach starting this weekend, just in time for the annual Mermaid Parade, amNewYork has learned.
“It’s about time,” said Norman Pou, a station agent.
Pou said he was at the station on Memorial Day weekend, when the entrance got so crowded that police had to open the gate to let people through.
The cash-strapped MTA removed workers from the Surf Avenue entrance last month, one of 38 booths it closed as it seeks to lay off 462 token clerks. But following weekend overcrowding problems — including last Sunday, when a reporter saw scores of frustrated riders jump the turnstile because the MetroCard machines weren’t accepting bills — the MTA has decided it needs more help at the station.
“They should add more workers,” said Alana White, 22, an East New York beachgoer, who also witnessed the turnstile jumping.
The booth will be staffed for 16 hours a day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Labor Day, transit officials said.
Katherine Lieb contributed to this story.