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Re: Straphangers to MTA: There's only two way this can possibly work...

Posted by J trainloco on Fri Mar 9 17:59:25 2012, in response to Re: Straphangers to MTA: There's only two way this can possibly work..., posted by E and F and sometimes J on Fri Mar 9 16:28:35 2012.

This topic comes up seemingly all the time. Prior to 63rd street, Queens Boulevard customers going to manhattan had 3 options: express via 53rd then down 8th, express via 53rd then down 6th, and local via 60th then down Broadway. With this alignment in effect, the expresses were overcrowded, even though the one local to manhattan went to a more useful Lexington Line stop. By sending one express across 63rd, now passengers who absolutely refused to or couldn't take a local but who were not bound for lexington could be separate from riders who absolutely needed 53rd. If they followed through with your plan, what is the incentive for E/F riders to take a different train? They were already not taking the R, so why would the M have gained riders? Additionally, local riders south of Roosevelt bound for 53rd now have poorer service than before the connector project, since previously, they could take the G or the R to Queens Plaza, but now they could only take the R.

The current service pattern has reduced crowding on the expresses, which was the point. Until the day comes when they build the Queens Super express, 53rd is going to have one local serving it, because it makes the most sense.

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