Bay Ridge Avenue subway station reopens

Posted: Updated:
BROOKLYN -

After nearly half a year of construction, the Bay Ridge Avenue subway station reopened to commuters Friday morning.

The station had shut down in April.

The station now features new lighting, improved signage, better cell service, USB charging stations and a real-time navigation system.

"It really simplifies my commute to Manhattan to my art school, and it makes it a lot faster so I can get a bit more sleep in the morning, which is good," said commuter Michael Weiss.

Some protested the lack of an elevator at the station.

”You are slapping in the face people with disabilities young mothers with babies and the elderly this community has just lost yet again another way to travel because the MTA decided that they didn't want to put an elevator in the station," said Dustin Jones.

MTA officials say this location couldn’t be made accessible because of its layout but they say they’re happy to announce that new funding means four stations along the 4th Avenue R line will be Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.

“We are also going to have ADA accessibility for people with disabilities subway station on 59th St. by next year and hopefully we are going to see another one open on 77th Street and 85th Street in Bay ridge," said state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice

    Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice

    Behind the Scenes: Disney on IceBehind the Scenes: Disney on Ice

    Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Disney on Ice! The show made a stop at the Nassau Coliseum.

    Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Disney on Ice! The show made a stop at the Nassau Coliseum.

  • 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards

    2018 Country Music Award Association Awards

    Photos from the 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards on Nov. 14, 2018.

    Photos from the 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards on Nov. 14, 2018.

  • The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 6:35 PM EST2018-11-13 23:35:07 GMT

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."