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2016: The Year of Enormous Brooklyn MTA Outage Announcements

By Danielle Tcholakian | December 12, 2016 4:45pm
 The 3 Train in NYC on August 1, 2013
The 3 Train in NYC on August 1, 2013
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Brooklyn-dwelling users of the city's subway system have not fared well in 2016, and 2017 isn't looking great, either.

The year kicked off with a January announcement from the MTA that nine N train stations would shutter for more than a year.

READ MORE: 9 Brooklyn N Train Stops to Close for More Than a Year as of Monday: MTA

And then the plot thickened with the news of the L-pocalype, an 18-month closure of the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn (though that won't actually take effect until 2019).

READ MORE: L Train to Shut Down For 18 Months, MTA Says

And now the year is ending with the news that the 2 and 3 trains will be out between Brooklyn and Manhattan every weekend for more than a year, starting in spring 2017.

READ MORE: MTA to Cut 2, 3 Weekend Service Between Manhattan and Brooklyn For a Year

And all of that is on top of the weekly subway "services changes," when straphangers can regularly expect nearly a dozen reroutes each weekend.

Despite the less-than-great service, New Yorkers are looking at an increase in the cost of MetroCards in 2017, with monthly cards jumping to $121 —  a hike that MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said is partly to cover "providing expanding service in the next two years," due to the 7 line extension to the west side, and the (cautiously optimistic) opening of the Second Avenue Subway on Dec. 31.

READ MORE: Monthly MetroCards Will Jump to $121 Under MTA Fare Hike Plans