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While much has been made of the progress at Barclays Center, construction at the nearby transit hub is now picking up.  After a great deal of testing, Nets officials say the pace of construction at the Barclays Center entrance to the New York subway system picked up this week. 

Views of the construction from above show the outline of a tunnel that will connect the arena with the newly renovated Atlantic Terminal station a block away.  The terminal interconnects nine New York subway lines and the Long Island Railroad.  Trips to the arena from Port Authority Bus Terminal or Penn Station will take less time than trips to either Yankee Stadium or CitiField.

Officials also note that 25 per cent of the Barclays Center steel is now in place with all the steel erected by November.  As the steel goes up in other parts of the arena, the distinctive facade will begin going up in early summer.  Meanwhile, the southeastern end of the site, where Daniel Goldstein's condo once stood, is now 90% excavated. We'll have more images of construction progress this weekend.