Flatbush Ave–bound 2, 5 trains bypassing Winthrop St station for four months starting Monday

Service interrupted: Flatbush Avenue-bound 2 and 5 trains will skip Winthrop Street for four months to accommodate repairs.
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Flatbush Avenue–bound 2 and 5 trains will bypass Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’s Winthrop Street station for four months starting March 18, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority shot callers, and locals who rely on the hub are not happy about it.

“That’s not good,” said Haywood Hogans, who commutes from the station to her job. “That’s going to make the commute very bad for a lot of people.”

Authority bigwigs are suspending service in order to make repairs at the station, but a rep for the state-run agency did not immediately reply when asked what specific fixes will be made, or how much the job will cost.

The station on Nostrand Avenue is the closest hub for patients travelling to local health-care facilities Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and it is also used by many parents, teachers, and young students of nearby schools MS 2 and PS 92.

Transit-agency workers posted fliers throughout the station alerting straphangers to the looming service change, but the news still came as a surprise to some commuters when this newspaper visited the hub on March 14.

“I use this stop every single day, and this is the first time I’m hearing about it,” said Andrea Edwards, who attends a church near Winthrop Street station.

Commuters who typically catch 2 and 5 trains heading towards Flatbush Avenue at the station can instead catch an Emmons Avenue–bound B44 bus during the service suspension. And Flatbush Aveune–bound riders looking to hop off at Winthrop Street can take subways one stop further to Church Avenue, and double back aboard a Manhattan-bound train, which will continue to stop at the hub throughout the repairs.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:32 am, March 20, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Short term major inconveniences could bring long term beautiful benefits.
March 16, 2019, 7:54 am
Bob says:
It is not a hub - just a subway stop.
March 17, 2019, 11:41 am
Tyler from pps says:
Like Bob said, it's not a hub. The writers and editors really need to learn the definitions of *basic* words. Hub, pupil, and so many others.
March 18, 2019, 9:41 am
Ro from Park Slope says:
Many stations are being updated throughout the city. It may be a pain in the neck, but in the end, like most new station upgrades, it will be appreciated.
March 18, 2019, 10:11 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I don't see how this stop is a hub especially since the 2 and 5 trains follow each other from President Street all the way to Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College after splitting off at Franklin Avenue from the 3 and 4 trains.
March 18, 2019, 4:12 pm

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