Some improvements are coming to shabby stations in Brooklyn on the farthest reaches of the N line, but it's going to take some time before riders start to see a difference. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
It takes 75 steps up four sets of stairs to transfer from the N at the New Utrecht Avenue Station to the D at 62nd Street.
"Walking from here all the way up to the D train is a chore, to be truthful," said one commuter.
However, an elevator is on the way, eventually, as part of extensive renovations planned for nine Brooklyn stations along the N.
"I think that would be a good thing for other people, too, even if not for myself, like the elderly. I think that would be good," said one commuter.
The work is currently in the design phase, and a construction contract won't even be awarded until next December.
Once the work is completed, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that riders at N stations from Eighth Avenue to 86th Street can expect new stairwells, station canopies, structural repairs to stations walls and more cameras near turnstiles. In addition, all of that paint peeling off the walls and station overhangs will be no more.
"The peeling, like on the walls and everything, it just makes it horrible," said one commuter.
"It could use a little paint job, a little touching up of the bricks and stuff like that," said another. "Steps also."
Close to 50,000 riders used the stations on weekdays last year.
"I think they could use a lot of work, especially now that this train goes to Coney Island. You have a lot of tourists going there," said one commuter. "It makes the city look bad, especially Brooklyn."
For stations nearly 100 years old, a little freshening up can't hurt.
Design work on the station projects started in 2007 but had to be suspended two years later because of a lack of money. With the funding now in place, the MTA says that construction on the stations is set to start in 2015.
The work should begin soon after the construction contract is awarded, though there's no timetable yet for when the job will get done.