Anyone who has used the Jay Street-Borough Hall A,C, F subway station within the past few years knows, it has been undergoing ongoing construction since 2007. Part of a $160 million renovation project, the main and most exciting aspect of this construction will be a passageway connecting the Jay Street-Borough Hall A,C, F station to the nearby Lawrence Street-Metrotech R station (N late nights). These two stations will be connected via new stairs, a below ground elevator, and two escalators that have been constructed to connect the end of the Lawrence Street platform with the Jay Street mezzanine.
A recently completed aspect of the station renovation is a new ADA-compliant elevator. This newly opened elevator is tucked away under the scaffolding surrounding the MTA’s much maligned 370 Jay Street building. This elevator is actually one of approximately one dozen ADA-compliant elevators that have been built by the MTA in Brooklyn.
Despite numerous delays to the project, Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesperson, claims the work to the stations should be completed by the end of 2010. It should be very nice once the station is no longer under construction and the two stations are connected, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe that it will actually be completed when the MTA claims it will be. Come January, 2011 we will see if Mr. Ortiz is correct in his claims.