Brooklyn gets new transit pavilion

January 5, 2010 1:29:27 PM PST
With all the recent cutbacks and closings, there was a surprise Tuesday from the Long Island Rail Road and the MTA: the opening of a new train station. And it's more than just another train station. The new facility at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn is a $108 million transportation pavilion that connects the LIRR to 10 subway and five bus lines.

The three-story transit hub features an atrium that allows natural light to reach the subway station and the below-ground LIRR concourse.

Some 57,000 riders come through the station daily.

The neighboring 22-acre Atlantic Yards project would include a new arena for the New Jersey Nets. The pavilion would better accommodate a surge in riders for the arena.

The heads of the LIRR and Metropolitan Transportation Authority attended Tuesday's ceremony.

The old terminal opened in 1907 and closed about 20 years ago.