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Express F Train Coming to Brooklyn During Rush Hour

11 Jul 2019 12:41 AM

Boro Park – Riders of the F train will soon be able to skip most of the stops in Brooklyn during rush hour as the MTA prepares to roll out a dedicated Express F train.
Starting in September, special trains bearing the familiar F symbol but surrounded by a diamond shape will operate across Brooklyn, making just one stop between Church Ave. and Jay Street/Metrotech. The stop will be at the 7th Ave. station.
The motive for the express service, NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement, was complaints by southern Brooklyn commuters that their daily travel to and from Midtown Manhattan can take 50 minutes or more as trains stop at each station along the route.
“We’re adding some limited express service to the line in Brooklyn because our customers asked, and we listened,” Byford said. “It will benefit thousands of commuters by getting them to their destinations faster instead of sitting waiting as their train makes all local stops.”
Byford estimates that commuters will shave about five to 10 minutes off their ride.
The F train currently begins making local stops at the Broadway-Lafayette Street station and continues until 26 stops later, ending at the Coney Island-Stillwell Ave. depot. This is the longest local service-only portion of any subway line in the citywide system.
The new express will have two Manhattan-bound trains operating between 7 and 7:30 each workday morning, and two Coney Island-bound trains between 5 and 5:40 p.m. The express trains will be identified as an F inside a diamond, similar to the design convention used on other express trains.
Elected officials who represent southern Brooklyn were elated at the news, but urged the MTA to make it permanent.
“Growing up, express service on the Line was the norm,” said state Sen. Simcha Felder. “This is a step in the right direction and I look forward to permanent express service returning to the line.”
Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein said that the express trains “will be a great relief to many commuters,” adding that “we must always look for more ways to meet the goal of speeding up all commutes.”
Councilman Kalman Yeger called it “a good start to finally bringing much needed transportation relief to our southern Brooklyn communities.”

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