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5/18/2016



Rail News: Passenger Rail

New York City Transit mulls F line express service


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has completed a feasibility study and analysis of implementing an F express service on the Culver line in Brooklyn.

Photo: MTA New York City Transit
The study examines a two-way peak period express service between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech, with half of the F trains operating express during rush hours and the other half operating local. G trains also would operate local.

Due to ridership demand falling within NYCT's loading guidelines and rolling stock and capacity constraints, no additional overall F service would be added, meaning that local stations between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech would have 50 percent less peak service, MTA officials said in a summary of the study.

The study found that express riders during the morning peak hour would save an average 3.4 minutes, while local riders would save an average 1.3 minutes. The maximum northbound travel time savings would be 7.3 minutes.

"However, more riders would experience longer travel times as ridership is heavier between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech," MTA officials said.

Still, an express service could lead to some operational improvements, as southbound F express trains would no longer be delayed by terminating G rains discharging or originating at Church Avenue.

Due to the overall net passenger travel time savings and potential operational benefits, the report recommends that F express service should be implemented in early fall 2017.

Although local passengers would face longer wait times, "those riders with access to express service would see reduced travel times, and this would be a net improvement in service," MTA officials said.

The agency is now seeking public feedback on the study.



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