MTA's transit wish list

It may be short on cash, but the MTA is long on dreams.

With a hopeful eye on a brighter financial future, the agency is harboring several ideas for improved service.

The 1, C, E and F lines in Manhattan


If former MTA chief Elliot “Lee” Sander had gotten his way, transit would have expanded service on 11 subway lines, including four in Manhattan.

Sander was gunning for more frequent trains along the No. 1, C, E and F lines. He also proposed extending the C to a full 10-cars, ending the mad dash for straphangers on the platform ends.

Sadner’s plans also included a second AirTrain service to LaGuardia Airport and converting an old Brooklyn rail line into a subway running in an arc from the Bronx to Brooklyn. The failure of congestion pricing put much of the $29.5 billion plan on hold.

The F/V lines in Brooklyn


The MTA’s $250 million overhaul of a decrepit bridge carrying the F and G lines in Brooklyn has opened new opportunities for service. Transit will study reviving the long-defunct F express line after construction ends in 2012, officials said.

“It’s something we’ve been promising to the community,” said Andrew Inglesby, transit’s Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations.
 
Riders of the F train have long complained about slow service. The line is scheduled to arrive every four minutes during rush hour, but it ranks second poorest for service reliability, according to a Straphanger’s Campaign report released this month.

“(Express service) is a great idea,” said Junay Adams, 20, an F train rider from Brooklyn. “It would be nice to go straight to my destination.”

Transit has not determined what stops would be bypassed, but they could include popular ones in Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens.

Additionally, transit will consider running V service into Brooklyn when the bridge repairs wrap up, officials said. The line, which now ends at the 2nd Avenue station, could provide local service in Brooklyn along the F line.

The R line in Brooklyn


For nearly two decades, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge riders traveling between 36 and 95 streets on the R line have had to slog home late night on shuttle buses. Transit was studying full-time R service to Bay Ridge prior to the agency’s financial decline, according to a letter written by transit chief Howard Roberts.
 
“That's a great idea, long overdue,” said Ester Orehek, 65, an R train rider. “It would be easier on commuters.”

The skipped stations serve more than 57,000 riders on weekdays, according to transit statistics. The MTA currently has no immediate plans to increase service on the R or other lines because of its budget crunch, transit spokesman Charles Seaton said.

Other options


Additionally, the MTA extended the G train five stops to Church Avenue in Brooklyn this month and will continue the service until 2012, when work on a bridge carrying the train will end. If finances allow, transit will make the switch permanent, Seaton said.

Transit has made no decisions on whether to offer No. 4 express service in the Bronx, which it tried in a pilot program last month.

Anastasia Economides contributed to this story.

 

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