In a move that seems like it can’t come soon enough, the MTA has announced that it will start increasing L train service starting next June.
Beginning in June 2017, to accommodate the increased rider trends, the L line will have:
- 11 additional weekday roundtrips between 9am – 7:30pm.
- 12 additional Saturday roundtrips between 7am – 3pm.
- 27 additional Sunday roundtrips between 7am – 8pm.
During these hours, L train service is currently running at more than 100% capacity (or “peak load point”) guidelines. The additional trains should help bump capacity down below 100%. Why it took the MTA this long to increase service on the ever-crowded L train is perhaps one of the great unsolved mysteries of North Brooklyn.
Local Assemblyman Joe Lentol has this to say:
“The L train is the lifeblood of many of my constituents. While more and more residents of North Brooklyn are able to walk to work, the majority still commute to Manhattan for work, which is why increases in weekday service are sorely needed. Similarly, many of my constituents and Manhattanites utilize the L train on the weekends to visit bars, restaurants and retail stores. It is clear that these increases will positively effect a large number of riders. These service increases will not only reduce headway times they will also reduce the number of riders per car allowing for a more comfortable commute. It is clear that these increases speak to the population explosion in North Brooklyn. It is essential that transportation capacity increases amongst all modes and lines. I applaud the MTA on this service increase, but I urge them to continually monitor the G train because, as a frequent rider, I know that the ride can often be rather uncomfortable.”
Shoutout to Joe Lentol for giving a shoutout to the G train! Let’s hope the MTA can act in a more timely fashion when it needs to react to increased ridership on the G than it has on the L.