Volume 81, Number 19 | October 13 -19, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
More L trains...pretty soon
L train regulars can look forward to improved weekend service across the East River by mid-2012 after state Senator Daniel Squadron’s request to the M.T.A. for a review of the F and L trains in July was finally answered.
Following his call, the M.T.A. analyzed weekend service on the L train and concluded that service has not kept up with the “meteoric” increase in commuters. The number of weekend users has shot up by 141 percent since 1998, while service has only increased by 58 percent on Saturdays and 52 percent on Sundays.
“As ridership and our communities change and grow, our transit system cannot be stuck on the nine-to-five clock,” said Squadron. “Improving weekend L service is a step toward a subway system that keeps up with its riders every day of the week.
“I’m pleased that the M.T.A. has heeded my call and plans to add additional L trains on weekends. The M.T.A.’s willingness to review service and issue this report shows true transparency and responsiveness.”
However, the report also stated that a weekend service increase on the F train is not possible right at this moment.