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W Train Likely To Return In November After MTA Committee Approval

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May 24, 2016 By Michael Florio

The W train is approaching Astoria.

The MTA’s transit committee approved the Second Avenue Subway service plan on Monday, which includes a return of the W train to Astoria in November, according to an agency spokesman.

As part of the service plan the W train would operate locally from Astoria-Ditmars Blvd into Manhattan, terminating at Whitehall Street, effectively replacing the Q train in Queens.

This will allow the Q to be diverted to the Upper East Side, serving the Second Avenue Subway and terminating at 96th Street. The MTA states that Phase I of construction for the Second Avenue Subway will complete in late 2016.

The W train will not run on weekends or late nights.

The MTA’s full board is scheduled to vote on the plan on Wednesday.

W service was eliminated in 2010 to cut costs due to decreased MTA funding during the Recession, the agency said in February.

The agency has also drawn up a new subway map showing the resurrected W train and diverted Q train.

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Dr. T.W.

Sorry, that doesn’t convince me. Make the Q line run to at least to Spanish Harlem over 125st. That’ll make less traffic and more options for people to take alternative trains instead of crowd them in the 4.5.6 lines.

With the W line, they should keep the options for rush hour express and local past Lexington. That’ll solve some problems until summer hits in.


I’ll believe it when i see it! so far the MTA hasn’t even been able to keep a consistently running 7 train for years!


Not good enough. The W train needs to run express from 30th Avenue to Queensboro Plaza at least during rush hours.


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