Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Culver Line: F train Update

It's hard to overstate the positive impact this project will have on the street environment at 4th Ave and the intersections with 9th and 10th Streets.
Good news, beleaguered F train commuters, especially the Red Hookers among us.

The Smith-9th Street station is set to reopen the week of April 22. It
feels necessary to specify April 2013. In just over a month the
station will be back online and looking sharp.

Also: 4th Ave will be finished by the end of May. The MTA hopes to
have retail tenants installed some time in 2014.

The seemingly endless Culver Viaduct rehabilitation as a whole is
scheduled to be finished by end of year.

As To The Express Tracks
A portion of the express tracks beyond the viaduct run beneath Windsor
Terrace after cutting under Prospect Park. Historically, vibrations
from trains using those tracks have generated frequent complaints from
residents of the place blocks in WT. The MTA has installed continuous
welded rail in this stretch of tunnel, which has yielded improvement.
But post sandy, when NYCT ran 8 car G trains the vibrations generated
a flurry of complaints. Seems like more anti-vibration retro-fitting
will be necessary if express service is to be viable along the Colver

We need to find the money to do express service right if we're going
to do it. In the meantime, we've got two greatly improved stations
that will be fully reopened soon. And that's something.

Bonus Culver Line Construction Report:
7th Avenue station - in the planning stage of rehabilitating stairways. Should
start in June, six-eight month schedule. One or two stairways on
either end will be closed for renovation at a time.

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