Oct. 23, 2015 By Michael Florio
The MTA is adding trains to 12 subway lines next summer, including several that run in Western Queens.
The N train will be one of the lines receiving increased service starting in June. The number of trains running on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. will rise from three to four. This change is expected to cut down the wait time from 10 minutes to 7.5.
The MTA will also increase service on the M line, which runs through Jackson Heights, Astoria and Long Island City.
The northbound M Train, which departs from Metropolitan Avenue, will get an additional train on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The number of trains during this time will increase from three to four. The extra train is expected to cut the average wait time down from 10 minutes to 7.5.
This will come at the cost of those who ride the southbound M train, which departs from Forest Hills-71st Ave. Currently, five trains run on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. That number will be cut to four. It is expected to increase the wait time from six minutes to 7.5 minutes.
The E train, which runs through Jackson Heights and Long Island City, will get two additional trains running on weeknights, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The number of trains in service will jump from 10 to 12, cutting the wait time from six minutes to five.
These service changes will go into effect in June 2016.
Last year New York City subways moved an average of nearly 5.6 million daily customers. That number is expected to grow in 2015.
“People want to live or work in places that are readily accessible by mass transit, and New York City Transit must take new real estate trends into account to help these areas thrive,” James L. Ferrara, Interim President of NYC Transit, said.
“Making these service changes wherever we can lets us make the best use of existing resources as we expand to keep up with private sector development,” he added.
It will cost $5.8 million annually for the implementation of these changes and has been included in the 2016 operating budget.
And by the end of next year, will the Queen be gone from Queens?