The MTA plans to add dozens of train trips to the L and M subway lines this fall, primarily because of explosive growth in the parts of North Brooklyn served by the lines. It will be the third time that the L train has seen an increase in service in the past two and a half years. The new runs on the L will be in addition to a boost in service that is set to begin in June.
The authority gave details of the service changes in a press release:
- Saturday L service will be increased a total of thirty-three round trips between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m
- Sunday L service will be increased a total of twenty-three round trips between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m
- Weekday evening L service will be increased a total of three round trips
- Weekday M service will be increased a total of one round trip (one northbound trip in the morning and one southbound trip in the late afternoon)
- Increased Forest Hills-bound weekday morning and Metropolitan Av-bound weekday afternoon service on the M line will also lower wait times during peak periods.
In the same release, NYC Transit president Carmen Bianco described the reason for the change: “Ridership is at an all-time high, including records for weekend ridership. These are customers who rely on us for all of their transportation needs, both work and play, and we are trying to meet that demand with our available resources.”
The authority said the busier schedule will cost an extra $1.7 million per year. Service changes on the M line will occur once repairs are finished on the R train tunnel, which was taken off line last August and is scheduled to be re-opened next October.