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May 15, 2012

MTA updates subway maps to include Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Blog [NYPost.com]
by Rich Calder

Next stop, Barclays Center!

The MTA has quietly updated subway maps on its Web site by slapping the name of the Brooklyn Nets’ new arena onto all listings for the busy Atlantic Avenue stop.

The transit hub — which connects to the under-construction arena set to open in September and serves nine subway lines plus the LIRR — was revised online to “Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center” as part of the agency’s first naming-rights deal approved in 2009.

Printed subway maps and station signage won’t be updated until the summer, said officials yesterday.

Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner has agreed to pay the MTA $200,000 over 20 years for the name change.


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Well, the MTA was a wee bit sloppy. After all, the subway hub is known as Atlantic Av/Pacific St. The entrance to the N/R/D lines running along Fourth Avenue originally had both names, as indicated in the screenshot from a May 2011 map, below.

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