Smith–Ninth rehab running late, station won’t reopen for months

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Transportation-starved Red Hook straphangers must wait several more months before the long-shuttered Smith–Ninth Street subway station finally reopens.

The closed transit hub on the border of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens was most recently slated to reopen on Dec. 31 after 19 months of renovations — but that date has been pushed back until late March of next year, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“The contractor is behind schedule on this project due to problems with sub-contractors and the challenges associated with the unique design of the station,” said MTA spokeswoman Deirdre Parker in a statement.

The contractor’s “poor management” of the station’s rehabilitation is one of the causes of the prolonged delay, according to a recent report by the MTA’s Capital Program Oversight Committee, which says the station repairs will not be completed in full until April.

“Insufficient manpower and quality control, and other design issues” contributed to the postponement, the report said.

Red Hook commuters, who are strapped for public transportation options even when the elevated station servicing the F and G lines is operable, are outraged by the news.

“I’m very upset,” said Desmond Hill, a Red Hook resident. “We have been making due for the past year and a half by either walking or taking the bus to the next station. The MTA needs to speed up construction — it’s outrageous.”

Hill, who lives on Hicks Street near Lorraine Street, said that his commute to work in Coney Island has more than doubled since the closure of the Smith–Ninth Street station — forcing him to trek an extra 20 minutes to the Carroll Street station or hop on an “overcrowded” B61 bus to the Fourth Avenue–Ninth Street stop to catch the F train.

“The closure and renovation of the Smith–Ninth Street station has been the worst experience of my life,” he said.

Renovation on the platform level of the station is complete — the stop now boasts a new platform surface, new rubbing boards, new lighting, and a new public address system, the MTA spokeswoman said.

Now the project is moving indoors.

“Work continues on the new, more spacious control house and the reshaping of the enclosure of the escalator and stairs to improve customer service,” said Parker, who confirmed that the station is slated to open “by the end of the first quarter” in March, and that “substantial completion of the project will come in the second quarter,” between April and June.

The complete renovation of the station, now expected to cost $41.3 million, is part of the city’s $257.5 million Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project, which includes the restoration of several other stations, such as the Fourth Avenue–Ninth Street stop.

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Updated 5:38 pm, July 9, 2018
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MJ from Kensington says:
Platform level renovation is not complete.

On both in & out-bound platforms, it appears that window art or glass is still in the works.

And the original green "Smith-9th Street" mosaic tile plaques have not been re-installed. Let's hope they were not destroyed.
Dec. 27, 2012, 11:51 am
JAY from NYC says:
After 19 months they have hardly done anything, basically they put in a new roof and painted the walls and added some crappy art-deco metal things on the edge of the platform.
They did not do anything major like replace the steel support trusses, or add an elevator to make it better for handicapped people. Everything that has been done should have been done in a month at most.
The MTA workers on this project at one point built a room out of plywood which they would go and hang out in and do nothing all day.
A worker at a different station involved in this project cursed me out and called me all sorts of 4 letter words because I would not open the emergency exit for him, which I am pretty sure is not legal for me to even do, and of course like the coward he is, he ran away when I turned around and walked back to him and asked him his name and pulled out my Iphone to film him.
I can't even begin to count how many times I go though the station and the tracks on the f train and see all the workers standing around smoking and doing nothing.
EVERYONE involved in this project needs to be fired and and investigated for fraud. It is "projects" like that that are the reason for the upcoming fare hike. The MTA SUCKS!!!!!! I HATE THE MTA MORE EVERY DAY.
Dec. 27, 2012, 1:50 pm
three points from many possible says:
1. Isn't it considered good journalism to credit sources that wrote a story first? Some thing like, "as first reported on the Park Slope Stoop blog...," as an example. I think Brownstoner beat you to the punch on this one too.

No, I am not affiliated with either blog.

2. Jay is incorrect when he writes, "they have hardly done anything, basically they put in a new roof and painted the walls and added some crappy art-deco metal things on the edge of the platform." There are new tracks and everything involved with that. The station per se is almost the least of it.

3. I want to be Desmond Hill. I wish I could say that the temporary (but drawn out) closure of the subway station nearest my home "has been the worst experience of my life."
Dec. 27, 2012, 2:16 pm
Kevin P. from Homecrest says:
From the article: "We have been making due for the past year [...]"

It should be "making do."
Dec. 27, 2012, 6:33 pm
JAY from NYC says:
ok three points, new tracks, fine they did that, but so what its about half a mile of track, give or take, and you think 19 plus months for THAT is an example of good performance?
As a guide for comparison, when the first continental rail road was built, all the way back in 1860, they were laying a mile of track a DAY!!! SO now, in 2012, 152 years later, its 19 months for half a mile? They did better and faster when donkeys were being used!!!! THE MTA IS DISGRACE!!!
Dec. 27, 2012, 6:53 pm
JAY from NYC says:
and three points, to further back that point up, "On April 28, 1869, The Central Pacific crews laid 10 miles of track in one day, a record which resulted from a bet between the two railroads" from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, located at

10 miles in one day in 1869!! And you act like the piddling amount of track the MTA put down in 19 months is more than "hardly anything" as I stated? And not for nothing, but the transcontinental railroad was built in 6 years, while there was a little thing called the Civil War going on.
Back then we had less people, hostile Indians shooting at workers, a civil war, not to mention all kinds of diseases that killed people, and nothing like the kind of machinery we have now, and it was done FASTER 150 years ago!!!.
Sorry, but I AM correct when I say that the MTA has hardly done anything in 19 months.
Dec. 27, 2012, 7:25 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay is the new Tal. Yippee!
Dec. 27, 2012, 7:29 pm
JAY from NYC says:
whats the matter Ty, Tal is not returning your romantic advances and is rejecting you, so now you want to hassle me? Newsflash, I am NOT interested in you any more than Tal is.
Dec. 27, 2012, 7:53 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay, you seem to be...
Dec. 27, 2012, 8:11 pm
SwampYankee` from ruined Brooklyn says:
plenty of bike lanes....why not just cycle?
Dec. 27, 2012, 8:32 pm
JAY from NYC says:
swamp that is a good point, in that bike lanes get built a lot faster. For this project the MTA laid track at about 5 feet a day, keep in mind a standard rail in North America is 39 feet.
So, if the MTA only put down ONE rail a day, they would be 7.8 times faster than they actually are!!
That means for 19 months they put down less than ONE rail a day, to go along with that nice baby S**t brown paint job and slapped on metal roof. FIRE ALL OF THEM!!!
Dec. 27, 2012, 8:41 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
take photos of slacking workers. Send them to the News and the Post. Enough photos and they send a reporter. They love City scandal and slacking workers. Get a single sleeping "worker" and this system will be running in a week.
Dec. 27, 2012, 8:58 pm
Jake from Carroll Gardens says:
Oh for the good old days of the 1860s when things got done on time and everyone knew his proper place....By the way, the work is contracted out and then subcontracted. I know you like to —— about MTA workers, but this work is being done by private sector companies.
Dec. 29, 2012, 2:34 pm
JAY from NYC says:
even if that is true so what, the project is still taking waaay too long and its still the responsibility of the MTA so your point, if it can be called that, is of zero merit, because the oversight is still done by MTA workers, even if everything you claim is true, and so either way ultimately its still the MTA workers who are screwing this up.
Dec. 30, 2012, 2:08 pm
marilyn from redhook east says:
It been 3 ——ing years winter was a big drama cuz bus was allways leat and pack of drug ack and delers :( fix it all ready damit waited long enogh —— is no good 4 kids to go to shcool or working pepol
March 7, 2013, 7:06 pm

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