Community members vote on how to fix up Clark Street station

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MTA officials met with community members Monday night to gather feedback before deciding whether to temporarily shut down the Clark Street subway station.

The elevators at the Clark Street station need to be replaced -- both transit officials and those who use the station for their commutes agree on that. But how it happens and the ramifications of the project are where controversy arises.

MTA officials have made it clear they'd rather completely shut down the station and have the No. 2 and No. 3 trains bypass it. They say it would be the cheapest option and take eight months to complete.

But two alternatives were laid out -- one of which would be more expensive and take about two years, but would keep the station open.

As News 12 reported in May, community members are concerned about their commute and the effect a shutdown would have on underground businesses at the station.

Attendees of the town hall had a chance to fill out a survey to vote on which option they prefer. New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford says a decision has not yet been made, and they will take feedback into account.

MTA officials hope to start their work on the station by the end of 2019.

 

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