FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Straphangers traveling through Downtown Manhattan now have a new way to reach the 4 and 5 trains.
A new entrance to the Fulton Street station on the corner of Dey Street and Broadway opened Monday, allowing for greater accessibility to the southbound platform.
“It’s about time they think of this station,” said D. Carl Lustig, 58, who has been taking the 4 and 5 lines to work for more than 30 years.
“I think they did this very quickly. The stop gets a lot of traffic, and this will be a very well-traveled entrance.”
The new entry point is the most recent addition to the Fulton Street Transit Center project, a $1.4 billion endeavor that is slated to open in June of 2014.
“It has changed the dynamics of that corner significantly, and it is a major improvement for the many people that pass through Lower Manhattan,” said Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson of Manhattan's Community Board 1.
“Now, for the first time, there’s a brand new elevator, which is something the community supported,” she added, noting that the feature will allow for passengers in wheelchairs, mothers with strollers and others to access the platform with greater ease.
Passengers can also use the new entrance to access the northbound platform for 4 and 5 trains, as well as the 2, 3, A, C, J and Z lines.
Simone Clarke, 40, of Flatbush, said she was drawn to the sleek look of the industrial glass exterior of the Dey Street and Broadway entrance.
“The last time I was here it was covered in scaffolding,” Clarke said. “It looks really nice now, and very clean. I hope they can make the rest of the station look like this.”