Commuters demand shuttle amid R train renovations

The R train will soon be closed for several months at Bay Ridge, Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street and 27 other stations citywide for renovations.



The initiative to renovate the stations is led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and is expected to cost millions of dollars. The renovations include new entrances, furniture, countdown clocks, charging stations and information dashboards.



Josephine Beckmann, a member of the Bay Ridge community board, says many commuters travel by bus to connect at Bay Ridge Avenue. "The impacts of this are far and wide," she says.



Other community members say they are concerned about people who have trouble walking, like the elderly or people with disabilities.



According to last month's traffic and transportation report, there are more than 8,000 people who use the Bay Ridge station each day.



Bay Ridge residents and community board members say an alternative means of transportation is necessary. They say they are demanding the MTA provide a shuttle bus to help people travel, making up for the inconvenience of the closures.


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