Upcoming MTA service changes will mean longer subway wait times on these lines

Commuters could soon be waiting longer for subways as new service changes are proposed for next summer, transit officials said Monday.

Service on Mondays and Fridays would be restricted on seven subway lines – lines 1, 6, 7, L, E, F and Q, officials – resulting in an extra 30 seconds of waiting time.

“Subway ridership overall on Mondays and Fridays was consistently lower than weekdays, reflecting the growing trend of hyperwork,” Rich Davey, president of New York City Transit, told MTA board members during their monthly meeting of the Transit Committee.

“Our proposed changes will add wait times of three to 30 seconds… for specific time periods affected by the change.”

According to MTA figures, weekday subway ridership has barely recovered to 60% before the pandemic — with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday showing higher ridership compared to the first and last days of the workweek.

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Rider counts on Saturdays and Sundays are lower overall, but closer to 2019 levels than any day of the week.
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Weekends are a different story — ridership on Saturdays and Sundays is lower overall, but closer to 2019 levels than any weekday, according to MTA numbers.

To accommodate the relatively higher demand, officials plan to increase weekend service on the G, J and M lines, Davey said. The changes would go into effect in June.

“The facts are – people come back on the weekends, people kind of stay home on Mondays and Fridays,” Davey said. “That reflects this very small proposal.”

Overall, the “adjustments” will save the MTA $1.5 million, Davey said.

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The changes in service are equivalent to a reduction in service, drivers will be charged.
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Union leaders said the changes would let working New Yorkers down – and questioned the logic of offering less service as the MTA tries to attract drivers.

“You can call it a service adjustment, but if you know longer clock times so people have to wait longer at platforms, that’s a service cut,” Canella Gomez, vice president of TWU Local 100, testified ahead of Monday’s meeting.

“I can’t even fathom or understand where this idea came from in the first place. To what extent do longer waiting times on the platforms and longer transit times not equal service cuts?”

Subway drivers in a crowded carriage earlier this month
The MTA is faced with massive deficits in the billions due to low passenger numbers.
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The MTA is facing massive billions of dollars in deficits due to low ridership, and transit officials have warned that drastic service cuts or fare hikes could cut those numbers even further.

“This is a service cut for everyone who rides the subway on Mondays and Fridays. There will be fewer trains with fewer journeys. Passengers wait longer on platforms. They will take longer to reach their destination,” said Richard Davis, President of TWU Local 100.

“We know ridership has declined in part because suburban commuters with offices in Midtown and Lower Manhattan are choosing to stay home some days of the week. Under this plan, the people who clean these offices will be showered with cuts in service.”

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