Thursday, March 29, 2007

di Blasio & MTA meeting re: Church Ave. F

The Town Hall meeting organized by di Blasio's people w the MTA was informative although a bit long... ah, the glory of local government. The short and dirty, for those who do not know, is the Church Ave. F station is getting three (count 'em 3) elevators as part of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) funding. Because of the construction there are a lot of homes, traffic and people being affected. That construction is status quo and will continue to 12/07.

The issue on many of our minds was the F train service. Many of us voiced the need for an F express as there was years ago (and hello why does that V just end on 2nd Ave?). The MTA was tight lipped on some forthcoming changes that would affect the Smith & 9th as well as 4th Ave. station. This construction would then in some way affect all F service but it seems some sort of Culver station announcement is forthcoming. Will it be good news for those of us who ride the F at rush hour well, I don't know! What I do know is the MTA engineer on hand was ready to leak the details until the MTA guy in charge of public relations told him no (as quietly as possible in a room full of F train riders) and di Blasio followed with "We don't want to get anyone fired here tonight". Ok maybe that wasn't exactly what he said but it's pretty darn close. The MTA PR guy did note the story in amNY on the G running out to our end wasn't completely accurate.

If you feel like trying for your own details on F train service changes etc. here's the guy we met tonight.
Andrew Inglesby
Assistant Director, Governement and Community Relations
646 252 2658

What the F? Brooklyn Paper 2/24/07