New LIRR terminal a hit
by Daniel Bush
Jan 12, 2010 | 2986 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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So far, Brooklyn’s new LIRR terminal is getting rave reviews from surprised straphangers who didn’t know quite what to expect of the $108 million transit hub.

The station is located on the corner of Flatbush and Fourth Avenues at the Atlantic Terminal Mall (the hub is formally called the Atlantic Terminal Pavilion), and serves the Long Island Railroad, the 2,3,4,5, B,D,M,N,Q,R subway lines, and several bus routes.

For years, while the terminal was being built, riders had to navigate a maze of temporary hallways, stairs, and an elevator to access the below-ground subway and train lines.

Now they have a sleek modern station with digital screens displaying LIRR train arrivals and departures, ticket counters, and a fancy, glass-ceilinged atrium.

“It's about time,” said Leon Tomlison, who took the train to the station for the first time recently to do some shopping in the area with a friend. “It's very impressive,” he added.

His friend, Antoine McCleod, said the place was nicer than he imagined it would be. “It's actually pretty nice,” McCleod said. “This is great.”

Arturo Acosta, who lives on Coney Island, said he plans to use the terminal frequently, though he wondered how long it would take the clean and gleaming station to fall into disrepair.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Acosta said. “Hopefully the MTA will continue to keep up with its maintenance.” The Federal Transit Administration and the MTA Long Island Railroad Capital Program funded the project.

Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s borough president, said the terminal would serve riders for generations to come.

“This will be a shining beacon for travelers escaping Nassau County - aka ‘Brooklyn Near East’ - and Suffolk County - aka ‘Brooklyn Far East’- and anything that brings more people to Brooklyn is a welcome addition,” Markowitz said. “So to Brooklyn, New York City and Long Island, I say: all aboard.”

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