MTA Restores Service, Talks "Millennials"

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station (MTA Photos/Patrick Cashin/flickr)

The MTA's preliminary budget adds service to the M and G subway lines, plus restores previous cuts to several bus lines. Kate Hinds, reporter for Transportation Nation, recaps the proposals and we hear from listeners about the possibility of expanding station naming rights to raise more funds.

Service changes include:

  • More frequent G train service from 3pm to 9pm weekdays
  • M train extension to Delancey Street-Essex Street on weekends
  • Return of the B37 bus in southwest Brooklyn
  • Additional service on the B70 and B8 buses in Brooklyn
  • Weekend service returns on M8 bus and Q31 bus
  • LIRR adds weekend half-hourly service to Ronkonkoma and Port Washington

Comments [32]


For those of you who would love to see the 4, 5 IRT train wait all the time for the 6, IRT train say at the 125th Lexington Avenue stop:Its just the way the subway schedule is made out.The people who are already on the 4,5 train when it enters the 125th Lexington Avenue train stop need to get to work too.And, playing around and trying to squeeze yourself through the train doors make no sense either as eventually the train is going to go out of service due to mechanical problems.There are FREE subway schedules at every token booth.As for WIFI, I think that there will come a day when there will be a massive riot in the subway all over WIFI because, I think most of the time people using WIFI in the subway do not check out the batteries in their phones and end up SCREAMING into their phones when they use them.I am not a transit worker, but I

Jul. 24 2013 03:32 PM

Andrea from Philadelphia: Yes, Barclays is paying the MTA $4 milllion ($200,000 annually for 20 years) for the naming rights.

Jul. 23 2013 02:35 PM
West Villager

Yay! Weekend service returns for the M8. It is sooo needed.

Jul. 23 2013 01:55 PM
Andrea from Philadelphia

I've noticed that "Atlantic Avenue" is now "Atlantic Avenue/Barclay Center." Did the Barclay Center pay for that? Or was it part of the larger development deal?

Jul. 23 2013 12:55 PM

Fun fact: New York Public Radio President and CEO Laura R. Walker's salary is higher than that of the head of the MTA.

Jul. 23 2013 11:54 AM
Chris from Union Square

There should not be any new or increased service until maintenance is current and up to even the MTA's own standards let alone the public's. There are plenty of service problems, filthy stations, bad communications, etc. Even if there were no current problems we have heard so many times that they need fare increases, save the money to avoid the next fare increase.

Wifi would be a huge mistake.

Jul. 23 2013 11:42 AM
Carola from Bed-Stuy

A free transfer from the G at Fulton Street to all the other lines at Atlantic Ave/Barclat Center: with my Unlimited card I can do it, but it's an extra fare for everyone else.

Jul. 23 2013 11:02 AM
Sara from Manhattan

1) REAL TIME SCHEDULES: The MTA should develop an app with REAL TIME updates on all lines, so that before you enter any subway, you can know exactly when the next train for any given line is coming. This should also be available for all bus lines.

2) AIRPORT TRANSFERS: There should be a direct and express train from Manhattan to both JFK and LGA. The "AirTrain" requires too many transfers and stairs and no dedicated "luggage" cars as they have in most civilized European cities, therefore it is kind of a waste of time as well as discouragingly inefficient. The city should do everything they can to encourage people to take the most eco-friendly transport possible.

3) Communication between train operators for smooth transfers: if I am pulling into Grand Central on a 6 train, the 4/5 across the platform should not leave as soon as the 6 arrives, with no 4/5 pulling in immediately after. The same should be true if you are transferring between the 6 and another train at Broadway-Lafayette, for example. If you walk quickly, from one train to the next, it should be scheduled so that there is little to no wait on the platform.

4) Increase the fares for tourists (single rides and pay-per-rides) instead of increasing the fares for monthly riders (who are generally New Yorkers who work hard, make little money, and have to commute long distances to reach our low-paying jobs).

Jul. 23 2013 11:00 AM
Tom from UWS

For years I've wanted to see street-level system maps, for both subway and buses. These could be mounted at the entrance (and could be paid for with a banner ad).

The benefit? You could see without walking down flights of stairs if the line will take you where you want to go. You could see how close another line is, and how to find it, if there is a service interruption. It would save lots of wandering around time, and shoe leather, and nerves.

It could also include a place to post service changes for the line - it's frustrating at best to trek all the way downstairs - sometimes a couple of flights - to discover your train isn't running, or the station at your destination is closed.

Jul. 23 2013 11:00 AM
Clif from Manhattan

Please, no wireless in subways! It's the one place in public that people can get away from nonsense conversations. Why is it so important anyway? Most people just want to blab to their friends about the shoes they just bought on 5th Ave. Who cares!? If there was a real need for wireless I wouldn't mind.

Jul. 23 2013 10:59 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I want to be able to see how many rides I have on my Metrocard w/out having to go to a subway station! Some people live a long way from the closest station, & it's really inconvenient to get to it to either read their card or fill it. Why shouldn't we be able to have card readers in more places, like ATMs?

Jul. 23 2013 10:59 AM
Kat from Astoria

Due to my shift work in hotels I ride the train very late at night. My subway threshold is 3am. I hate being the only woman on my train and have been accosted several times by the homeless riding the train on winter nights. Paying $112 per month should include my safety too. I'd love to have a train matron between 2am-5am on trains.

Jul. 23 2013 10:59 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I'm over 35, but there are things I think I have in common with my juniors:

We want the trains to be CLEAN.

We want the stations to be CLEAN, without any overpowering odors. This especially includes newly refurbished stations which look lovely for about a month and then begin to deteriorate back to their pre-work condition. Apart from everything else, it is a waste of money.

We want trash receptacles.

We want clean, usable restrooms.

We want trains currently stopped at a platform to wait for the incoming train to stop and discharge passengers BEFORE they leave so we don't have to JUST MISS a train and wait 10 or 20 or 30 more minutes in the heat and the stink.

I am a geek, but unless there is an emergency of some sort, I'd rather NOT have cell phone service in the stations. We don't want to have to listen to four thousand separate phone calls while we're traveling. Wi-Fi is fine to go on line.

Jul. 23 2013 10:58 AM

Here's a link to a proposed map of the X line:

Make this happen!

Jul. 23 2013 10:58 AM
Randie Shane Tollefson from Astoria, Queens

Yes! Commuter service between Queens and Brooklyn! And Queens and the Bronx! Please!

Jul. 23 2013 10:57 AM
bernie from bklyn

the MTA is a third world level transportation system. the majority of the stations are literally falling apart. you still cannot hear any of the announcements, if they actually make them, on the trains. the platforms and tracks are always filthy and vermin-ridden. it's not like this in other countries, my friends. this is the greatest city in the world and our transit system is an embarrassment.

Jul. 23 2013 10:57 AM
Christophe from Brooklyn

How about any free transfers between the G train and any of the main, Manhattan numbered trains (2/3/4/5)? Free transfer at Hoyt?

Jul. 23 2013 10:57 AM
Bbird from Brooklyn

Express buses from the subway in Forest Hills to Queens College. Right now it is a local, doesn't make sense. The MTA should look at the UPass program and express buses to UW in Seattle and think about replicating with large institutions to increase ridership and logical multimodal connections here.

Jul. 23 2013 10:57 AM
Francis from Greenpoint

Signs promoting cycling.

Jul. 23 2013 10:56 AM
Stephanie H

The C trains are nearly 50 years old and in the recent heatwaves - had little to no air conditioning. How about updating the trains. More countdown clocks. What is phenomenal to me is how the MTA can have surpluses one moment and budget crises the next -- how about weekend fare reductions.

Jul. 23 2013 10:55 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Also, right now, as with so much, it costs money to save money to ride the MTA. You get a bigger discount if you buy unlimited MetroCards than if you only have the money to buy transit for the day--which *many* working-class people have to do. Those buying individual fares should *also* get discounts. It is simply cruel.

Jul. 23 2013 10:55 AM
AC from NYC


Jul. 23 2013 10:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

They shouldn't spend any of it and save it for the next "rainy day" which will come, no doubt.

Jul. 23 2013 10:53 AM
Martin from Brooklyn

Invest into east river ferries! roll on roll off bike-able shuttle from Williamsburg to 14th st like they have in Amsterdam

Jul. 23 2013 10:53 AM
brooklynmom78 from Bay Ridge

(First off, I am exactly 35 which makes me a borderline millenial). I do agree with the fact that we need wifi, if not on the trains, at least in the underground stations, which would be pretty easy just to put a transmitter down there. I also feel, being a mom who had to carry a very heavy stroller, that we need more elevator accessibility in more stations.

Jul. 23 2013 10:52 AM
RJ from prospect hts

The MTA ended B69 service between Fort Greene and Kensington on the weekends, added back minimal service, and is now building lovely shelters and chairs. Delete service, add seats for longer waits. Makes perfect sense. They also deleted the well-used bus along Union Street and took away the shelters built only a few years ago; at the very least, couldn't they have "repurposed" them as shelters for rough weather, or pauses for overworked exhausted people and the elderly and disabled and people with young children? Will they rebuild them if they decide to add minimal service back? The MTA has a bizarre history of spending money to build some kind of facilities only to delete it--the Grand Army Plaza station (2,3) was renovated 3 times within about 10 years in the 1980s-90s. A phenomenal waste of money.

Jul. 23 2013 10:52 AM
Steve from Brooklyn, NY

The class assumptions here are strange, but telling. Just one segment ago, you were addressing the problem of commuting times from poorer neighborhoods. But when the talk turns to millennials, the conversation immediately turns to ways to coddle wealthy North Brooklyn gentrifiers. Does "millenial" always signify bourgeois? Are there not working class millenials or do they just not count?

Jul. 23 2013 10:51 AM
Debbie from NYC

1. Cut the fares (or at least skip the next fare hike).

2. I like Quinn's idea of using Metrocard pricing for in-city LIRR riders (e.g. Bayside).

3. More trains, especially R trains.

Jul. 23 2013 10:51 AM
Tim from Jersey City


Jul. 23 2013 10:50 AM
C. Tennyson from Ridgewood, NY

Good news about the M train weekend expansion. I remember when the M would become a shuttle in the middle of the weekday afternoon. Now if we can get a few more trains per hour and service to at least 57th St 24/7 it would be just about the perfect train.

Jul. 23 2013 10:49 AM
antonio from baySide

We really should bring back the G to forest hills!
And beyond!

Jul. 23 2013 10:31 AM
Viviane Hays from Brooklyn, NY

Community Board 7 Brooklyn's transportation committee held a meeting recently with a couple of representatives from the MTA about the upcoming closing of the Montague Street tunnel. We pushed for the restoration of the B37 bus, as had other community groups and local politicians to alleviate the congestion that the removal of the R train to Manhattan would cause to the Southwest Brooklyn communities. I do not feel that the MTA would have done this without a lot of pressure from the public. They seemed to feel that as long as they had alternate routes to Manhattan from the Atlantic/Pacific station and other points downtown, that this solved the problem. We were told that there was no money to restore B37 service. The MTA did not factor in how people get from South Brooklyn to downtown, especially since they will be cutting back on the R train service to downtown while the tunnel is being repaired. The only other access to downtown from this part of Brooklyn currently is the Fifth Avenue B38 bus which is already overcrowded and slow. So my impression from this meeting was that the MTA did not make sufficient plans for this part of Brooklyn, citing lack of funds to do so.

Jul. 23 2013 10:24 AM

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