Renovations Shutter Subway Stations for Months. Some Ask, for What?

“It wasn’t worth the expense or the grief,” Ms. Carman, 45, said.

For Caitlin Monahan, 24, the easiest route from her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to her job in Midtown Manhattan, where she works as a receptionist at a doctor’s office, would be along the M line. But the Knickerbocker Avenue M station near her apartment closed in July and, along with the nearby Central Avenue station, is not scheduled to reopen until spring. Ms. Monahan instead takes two trains, nearly doubling what should be a 25-minute commute.

“I think the most frustrating part is that it’s kind of like, what’s the point of living in the city if it’s going to be this ridiculous commute?” she said.

Transportation authority officials say closing a station entirely is less disruptive than protracted partial closures. In the past five years, 19 stations have been closed six months or longer for repairs.

Riders’ patience for the closings seems to hinge on the reasons behind them. Edwin Eppich, 57, lamented the inconvenience of the station shutdowns along the M line — his girlfriend, who lives in Manhattan, now visits him in Brooklyn less frequently — but acknowledged that they enabled the replacement of two aging bridges.

The closing of the Bay Ridge Avenue station, however, provoked outrage. That station, along with the 36th Avenue station, was closed as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who controls the subway, likes to promote. Transit advocates and many passengers said they would much prefer that officials focus on providing reliable service.

“It is nice to have a cleaned up space, and it is a nice thing to have the countdown clocks,” said Jennifer Gaboury, 46, a professor at Hunter College who lives near the Bay Ridge station and helped organize a protest there when it reopened. “But they’re also a sort of funny, strange symbol of what’s wrong with what’s happening.”

The countdown clock, she added, “tells you is how…

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