Brooklyn’s Smith-9th Street station has reopened

Posted at 5:02 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 17:02:36-04
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The Smith-9th Street station has been closed since May 2011.

After nearly two years of  construction and rehabilitation, Brooklyn’s historic Smith-9th Street station is now up and running.

At 11 a.m. Friday morning, F and G trains began making regular stops at the station, marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Several MTA officials were in attendance for the reopening, including acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer, acting NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco, as well as other MTA and community leaders.

The project – which began in May 2011 – cost $32 million and is part of a $389 million project to rehabilitate the Culver Viaduct.

“This station is vastly improved thanks to the investments of the MTA Capital Program, and we are glad to return it to our customers,” Ferrer said at the event.

Opened 80 years ago, the MTA says the Smith-9th Street station – which serves the neighborhoods of Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus — is the world’s tallest subway station, standing close to 88 feet tall, according to the MTA.

Ranked as one of Brooklyn’s busiest stations, the reopening of the Smith-9th Street station couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Now that service is resuming, commute times for the 1.5 million people each year who use this station will be significantly shorter and travel through the improved facility will be more pleasant and even more convenient,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said in a statement.

The rehabilitation project included new lighting, a refurbished station agent booth, and renovated customer waiting areas including ceilings, floors and walls and escalators.

Artist Alyson Shotz has also created artwork for the revamped station.

Although the Smith-9th Street station is still undergoing improvements, Brooklyn residents and community leaders alike are glad that the station is returning to service with a new look.

“The reopening of this station will reconnect Red Hook residents to Manhattan and the rest of the City.   I’m pleased this important public transportation resource is improved, restored and back in business,” Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez said.