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Posted by Michael549 on Sun Nov 27 16:50:59 2011, in response to Re: Details about : '' STABILIZE FRANKLIN AVENUE SHUTTLE TRACKWAY'' project, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Nov 27 12:59:35 2011.

I don't know what he is talking about either.

The merging/separating of B and Q trains at the Prospect Park station would have to be done, period. If it is suggested that it would be better to allow Q-trains to enter the Prospect Park station platform (formerly the shuttle platform and THEN merge with the express track - there is the little problem of the differing elevations of the tracks near the north end of the Prospect Park station. A similar problem exists on the Brooklyn-bound side of the station.

Even if the tracks were always on the same level, a bottleneck situation would still be present. For example, look at the Canal Street station on the A and C lines, where A and C trains have to merge and separate to/from the local and express tracks. Trains still sometimes have to wait outside the station, when one train is switching from one track to another.

Just why should Brooklyn riders have to travel into Manhattan (or almost practically into/near Manhattan) just to make connections? One major feature of the Franklin Shuttle is that it keeps local Brooklyn rider traffic local. The bus substitutions don't really help plenty of riders, when used as a replacement for the Franklin Shuttle.

Just my thoughts.

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