Transit riders, rejoice! After months of bitter battle, the MTA’s $29 billion capital improvement plan was officially approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the MTA’s board, reported the New York Times.
Here’s what the plan means for Brooklyn.
A bridge will connect the Livonia Avenue L and Junius Street 3 stations
Duh. The two above-ground stations in Brownsville are just a block apart. It was ridiculous for them to have not been connected in the first place — one of those relics from back when the lines were run by separate companies. The new $30 million pedestrian path will welcome riders into the 21st century.
A $5 million study will consider extending the Utica Avenue subway line
When the mayor proposed extending the 3 line beneath Utica Avenue in April, he called the strip “one of the densest areas in the city not directly served by the subway.” Now the MTA will spend $5 million gathering data to see just what kind of impact extending the 3 train through Flatbush could have. Our prediction: lots.
The area is one of the few in Brooklyn to suffer a decrease in housing values over the past decade. It is served by the B46 bus. (read more at Brownstoner)