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The MTA's New Winners and Losers

Friday, January 22, 2010

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The MTA put up on its Web site a revised list of service changes that's more targeted than the list it put out last month (which was itself based on a list from last spring). Overall, MTA officials say, they've found ways to minimize the impact on riders--though in some ways more people may be inconvenienced, they will be inconvenienced by shorter delays or detours than they were facing before.

For more information on the MTA's plans, WNYC's Matthew Schuerman and Amy Eddings discuss today's decisions:

A quick rundown of the winners and losers:

WINNERS:
The Z: Once facing extinction, keeps its own line.

Late nights: Trains will keep coming every 20 minutes between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., instead of every 30 minutes.

The M10: Another once-doomed route (it replicates the A/B/C/D up Central Park West), is now saved north of Columbus Circle.

The V: Instead of dead-ending at Second Avenue, will snake onto the Williamsburg Bridge and replace the M in northern Brooklyn.

Transparency: The MTA has posted ridership and efficiency numbers for all bus routes, not just those that were cut (see pages vii-xv in this PDF).

LOSERS:

Express Buses: Eight weekday lines will be cut, instead of just two.

The M: Erased from the subway map, though the V would get extended in northern Brooklyn.

Local Buses: Routes in Brownstone Brooklyn will be mashed up, combined, and/or eliminated, although alternatives lie within one or two blocks of the old routes. Queens and Staten Island service will also suffer.

To pore over the details yourself, visit the MTA's Web site. Public hearings will be held in March, with the MTA board voting shortly afterward. If approved, and no other money comes the MTA's way, the cuts would go into effect over the summer.

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