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MTA Agrees to Improve Service on L, But Not the F Train

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Back in July, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked the MTA to undertake comprehensive studies of weekend service on the L and F trains.  He said schedules were obviously in need of adjustment to account for huge increases in demand in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.

Today, the senator announced the MTA has agreed to add more trains on the L line, beginning sometime next year.  Unfortunately the LES is not quite so fortunate. According to a news release from Squadron’s office,  the transit agency “concluded that a weekend service increase on the F train is not possible at this time.”

In 2009, the MTA conducted a study of the F Line, at Squadron’s request, and agreed to make a variety of service improvements based on what they learned from that survey.

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  1. Thank you Robbie.  We have had such awful experience with the weekend F train “service” that we avoid it altogether.  It’s dreadful.  I won’t bore everyone with the details of how many times we’ve paid fares (for ourselves and guests traveling with us) only to go downstairs (and it is far, far below the surface) and wait…and wait…and wait…only to learn belatedly that there is a problem.  This after we research the potential problems beforehand.  It sucks.
    Also, as I happened to be down in the E. Broadway station the other day for the first time in many months, why is there no electronic display board up on the main level?
    You know, the level where the booth used to be?  The MTA worked at lightning speed to remove that booth. Never saw them do anything as fast as that.
    Yet, if one wants to remain on that level for the relative security and not have to wait on the dodgy platform level, particularly at off-peak times, there is no indication as to the train’s arrival.
    There are electronic boards out in Brooklyn at less-frequently used stops on the F such as Avenue I or 18th Avenue.   ANd those stations have only one flight of stairs leading to an elevated platform which is much easier for a passenger to detect the imminent arrival of the train with THEIR EARS!
    East Broadway is, in my opinion, the worst of the worst.  And this in an area which sees many tourist utilizing the station in addition to most of the locals.  It’s disgraceful.
    Our elected “representatives” do not care as they either drive themselves around (Sheldon Silver) in gas-guzzlers or are chauffered around (Margaret Chin) by staffers.

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