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September 21, 2012

A benefit from new subway entrance: easier passage between Q/B and 2/3/4/5 trains

Atlantic Yards Report

While the new Barclays Center subway entrance seems mainly designed to deliver people to the arena, it has some not insignificant ancillary benefits, the magnitude of which will become clear as people use the station more.

Because the entrance leads to a plaza south of Atlantic Avenue, it saves those going to the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station from crossing Atlantic and entering at the congested area connected to the Atlantic Terminal mall.

The arena is billed as being linked directly to nine subway lines, but as I explained earlier this week, it's effective really only for six lines: 2/3/4/5/Q/B.

(Those going to the D/N/R at (formerly) Pacific Street must travel up and down underground--useful during bad weather but indirect otherwise. As Benjamin Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas put it, "Via passageway, staircase, platform and another passageway and staircase.")

Also, as I experienced yesterday, the new configuration makes it far easier transfer between the 2/3/4/5 and the Q/B.

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Posted by eric at September 21, 2012 1:27 PM