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Changes headed to the Church Avenue subway station

The MTA is building two new street-to-platform elevators, two new stairways and other upgrades.

Shniece Archer

Jun 11, 2024, 1:29 AM

Updated 10 days ago

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Subway improvements are heading to a train station in need in East Flatbush.
Every day, Brooklyn residents take steps to get on and off the train at Church Avenue - in a few weeks though, the platform will look a lot different.
"One by one, each station is becoming accessible," said Dr. Sharon McLennon-Wier, executive director at the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York. "It's a victory for many, many advocates that fought for many years for elevators to be installed."
The MTA is building two new street-to-platform elevators, two new stairways and other upgrades. It's a project many say is needed for all commuters.
"Someone who's blind like myself, for those people that use wheelchairs, the people that use crutches, it's challenging going up and down stairs," said McLennon-Wier.
Accessibility is not only for people in wheelchairs or people with disabilities.
"It's very difficult because you have the stroller, you have the baby bag, and if you have other little kids with you, it's a lot," said resident Melissa Hodgson.
The MTA will have service changes starting July 8 until 2025 as it works on the construction - a victory many told News 12 was worth the fight.
"New York City is one of the largest exciting cities in the world, and it's about time that we have a subway system that's accessible [for] everybody," said McLennon-Wier.


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