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Wednesday, March 27, 2013    

MTA to reopen Brooklyn station


Next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to reopen what MTA officials call the "world's highest subway station" after a two-year rehabilitation project.

F and G trains will begin making regular stops at the Smith-9th Streets Station in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on April 22, MTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The 79-year-old station serves as the gateway to Red Hook. A rehabilitation project began in May 2011, in conjunction with the rebuilding of the Culver viaduct. The reconstructed station features a new and expanded street-level control house; a new architectural metal panel escalator enclosure; rehabilitated stairs and platforms; new lighting; state-of-the-art public address and CCTV systems; and a 14-foot-tall mosaic as part of the MTA Arts for Transit program.

"This station will be 80 years old this summer and this rehabilitation will see it reach that milestone with a much improved appearance and functionality," said Thomas Prendergast, president of MTA New York City Transit and MTA's interim executive director.

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