MTA announces additional service on other lines to help make up for L train shutdown

The schedule changes add up to over 1,000 additional roundtrips each week. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Last Monday, the MTA New York City Transit announced details about planned increases in subway service to help commuters who’d normally be riding the L train during the upcoming shutdown.

The additional subway service that will run during the 15-month-long shutdown for repairs and restorations will add up to over 1,000 roundtrips each week across seven subway lines, including additional service on the 7 train that was announced in September.

During weekdays, changes include:

On the G: 66 additional roundtrips; some peak trips extend to 18th Avenue, and some peak trips run between Court Sq-23rd Street and Bedford-Nostrand Avenue

On the M: 62 additional roundtrips, increased peak-hour service and overnight service extends to 96th St to Second Avenue

On the J/Z: 16 additional roundtrips, trains make all stops between Broadway Junction and Marcy Avenue and peak-hour skip-stop service between Jamaica Center and Broadway Junction only

On the E: 26 additional roundtrips

On the F: 12 additional roundtrips

On the A: 2 additional roundtrips

On the R: A maximum of 3 fewer roundtrips to accommodate more peak-hour service between Queens and Manhattan; Queens Boulevard line customers will see a net increase in train frequency; Brooklyn R customers traveling to Manhattan during a.m. peak hours and Manhattan R customers traveling to Brooklyn during p.m. peak hours will not be affected

On the 7: 14 additional roundtrips

On weekends:

On the M: 26 additional Saturday roundtrips, 31 additional Sunday roundtrips and weekend service extends to 96th Street  and Second Avenue

On the G: 16 additional Saturday roundtrips and 8 additional Sunday roundtrips

On the J: 2 additional Saturday roundtrips and 6 additional Sunday roundtrips

On the F: 1 additional Saturday roundtrip and 2 additional Sunday roundtrips

On the E: 1 additional Saturday roundtrip and 1 additional Sunday roundtrip

“The L tunnel reconstruction project will be the most impactful Superstorm Sandy-repair work we will undertake and as such, we must ensure we have viable, reliable alternatives particularly on the subways where we can accommodate the largest number of riders,” said NYCT President Andy Byford.

“We will be adding more than a thousand roundtrips each week and pushing our resources to capacity, which is also why you’re seeing so much preventative maintenance and repair work on all these lines already – we are making these lines as reliable as possible for these new service levels starting in 2019.”

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