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Brooklyn pols call for MTA to invest in long-neglected Broadway Junction subway stop

2019-08-27

Riders Alliance political director Rebecca Bailin, Councilman Rafael Espinal and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday called for the MTA to make a substantial investment in the Broadway Junction subway station, one of Brooklyn's busiest transit hubs. (Clayton Guse/New York Daily News)

Broadway Junction is one of Brooklyn’s busiest transit hubs, but a pair of elected officials are accusing the MTA of turning a blind eye to the subway station.

More than 100,000 people use the East New York station every day to reach the A, C, L, J and Z trains.

But it hasn’t been upgraded in decades. It has no elevators. The only recent investment has been the addition and widening of staircases ahead of the L train shutdown that never quite happened.

Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams want the MTA to invest in an overhaul.

“It is a disgrace to see a station this large, which connects so many New Yorkers to all of the great sights and services [of the city], to lack access to elevators,” Espinal said at a news conference Monday outside the station.

Adams accused the MTA of focusing its construction efforts in rich, white neighborhoods, and sticking communities of color with the worst of its infrastructure.

“The MTA does not move forward with giving first-class transportation systems until communities are gentrified,” Adams said.

The politicians’ push comes as the MTA is on the cusp of releasing its next five-year capital plan, which will include an overhaul of subway stations across the city.

Espinal over the last three years has pushed forward legislation that has rezoned much of his district near the Broadway Junction station, and he recently published a report with the city’s nonprofit Economic Development Corporation that looked into potential growth in the area.

Espinal said MTA officials declined to meet with him and the EDC over the past two years as they planned new investments in the area.

MTA spokesman Tim Minton did not comment on the agency snubbing Espinal, but confirmed the agency will make Broadway Junction fully accessible through the five-year capital plan.

“Our capital projects across the entire city are planned according to station needs regardless of the socio-economic characteristics of a community,” said Minton.

"Citywide, the MTA plans to add enough elevators so that riders will not be more than two stops from an accessible station.”