The Fulton St. Transit Center hasn’t made headlines lately, and for that, the MTA must be thrilled. As the decade of cost overruns and missed deadlines, the $1.4 billion complex is on pace for a June 2014 opening. Today, DNA Info’s Julie Shapiro took a tour behind the construction fence, and the MTA runs through the regular rigamarole of construction. In a nutshell, everything is on target.
I, meanwhile, have another glimpse from above. Peter from Ink Lake blog sent in the photo atop this post, and the shape of the transit center is coming into view. Below the construction equipment, however, is something even more intriguing. One part of the Fulton St. complex is undergoing a name change.
For years, the A/C IND stop at Fulton St. hasn’t been called such. It is instead the Broadway/Nassau St. stop, and the nomenclature has been confusing for decades. As Peter noted earlier this week, this station stop will soon be called Fulton St. as well. In fact, the tiles in the walls of Brooklyn-bound side already say Fulton St. while the uptown side of the station still says Broadway/Nassau.
The odd naming patterns, says Peter, make sense historically. He writes, “All the lines except the IND, run perpendicular to Fulton Street, and thus intersect it. The A/C, runs along Fulton, and the streets it intersects with are Broadway on the western end of the station and Nassau in the easterly direction.” While one Subchatter criticizes the typography, the new name will unify the station and reduce confusion. Plus, says, Transit, because this deep platform no longer has its own street entrances, the different name served no purpose.
For a glimpse at the before-and-after photos of the station wall, click through the jump.