NEW YORK—After more than six months of rehabilitation, the Knickerbocker Avenue M-train subway stop in Brooklyn is finally open.
The Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) said the Bushwick station needed to be upgraded after being in a relative state of disrepair for years.
On Monday, MTA officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the end of the station’s major renovation. Service was restored for the first time since Aug. 17. Commuters were forced to take bus shuttles and buses.
The repairs at Knickerbocker Avenue, which are part of a $47 million project to improve five elevation stations along the M line, include new stairs, concrete floors, a new control room, new windscreens, a new drainage system, column base repair, and improvements to the platform. More than 4,000 riders from Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan use the station each day.
Work at the Central Avenue subway stop will begin in March 2013 and will be completed in August, the MTA said.
“Bravo to the MTA for restoring the 123-year-old Knickerbocker Avenue stop … proving that while we have no room for the Manhattan Knicks in Brooklyn, we still certainly have use for the Knickerbocker station, said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in a press release.
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