More 7 Trains
BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH
Queens subway riders will soon see a
spike in 7 train service, as MTA New
York City Transit announced on Sept.
25 that it would increase service on
the heavily used line between Flushing
and Manhattan starting in April 2019.
Increased service comes after voiced trans-portation
concern due to the L train's impending
shutdown and as part of the NYC Transit Fast
Forward Plan — an effort to modernize the city's
entire subway and bus system.
COMING IN 2019
“It’s extremely important for us to get the sub-way
service alternatives right during the L tunnel
reconstruction project, because we plan to ac-commodate
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up to 80 percent of diverted L riders
on other subway lines,” said MTA NYC Transit
President Andy Byford.
On weekdays, five additional round trips on
the 7 train will be added between the hours of 8
and 11 a.m., and nine round trips will be added
during and after the evening rush hour, from 5:30
p.m. until midnight.
“By adding service on the 7 line to prepare for
more customers, we’re making sure that once the
tunnel work begins, Brooklyn riders can get to
where they need to go while Queens customers
get the service they depend upon,” Byford noted.
Construction work on the L train tunnel between
Brooklyn and Manhattan, which was damaged
in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, is scheduled
to being in April 2019. The 7 line is expected to
be one of several service alternatives for regular
L train riders in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and
Bushwick who can take the G train to Court
Square in Long Island City, where they can then
transfer to the 7, E or M trains, all of which serve