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Now, that’s a good-looking transfer.

The sleek rendering you’re drooling over, at right, is what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has just started building underneath Downtown, a $162-million passageway that will allow free transfers between Jay Street-Borough Hall’s A, C and F trains and Lawrence Street’s M and R trains.

It’ll take four years to build, according to a Transit Authority spokesman, but when the passageway is completed, it will include handicapped-accessible entrances, four new elevators, two new escalators and bathrooms.

Yes, bathrooms.

But the main goal is to link the BMT lines — which you youngsters know as the M and R trains — to the IND lines (the A, C and F), giving commuters myriad new options (all of which are better than the above-ground transfer).

“It’s just another way to make it convenient for riders to transfer,” said James Anyansi, a spokesman for MTA New York City Transit.

Of course, not everyone saw this subway glass as half-full.

“We’re big fans of interconnectivity, so it’s a positive,” said Gene Russianoff, who runs the Straphangers Campaign at the New York Public Interest Research Group.

“But once you leave that spruced-up corridor, you’ll still end up in Lawrence Street, which is a station in huge need of repair. There are exposed wires, holes, etc. It looks like it was designed by the guy who wrote ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ ”

Updated 4:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

T says:
They should have connected Jay Street with the Court Street stops instead, allowing A, C, and F riders access not only to the M and R, but also the 2, 3, 4, and 5. There is no connection between the F and 2/3 at all in the system...
Oct. 2, 2007, 12:57 am
Brian from Clinton Hill says:
A Clockwork Orange? Gene, what on Earth are you talking about? Have you ever even seen that movie?! Lawrence Street looks nothing like it!
Sept. 16, 2009, 8:08 am
linekin from bedford sty says:
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Nov. 22, 2009, 7:09 pm

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