MTA budgets improvements to service, station conditions

Credit: Metro file
Credit: Metro file

The MTA will use $7.9 million to improve its service, increasing the frequency of G trains, extending M train service on the weekend and boosting bus routes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MTA officials announced the plans Monday that will be achieved with cost-cutting, additional state funds and increased revenues from fare and toll hikes.

Another $5.9 million will be used to clean up stations and tracks, improve turnstile layouts for easier commuting, install security cameras and add controllers to manage subway service.

“For the second year in a row, the state has invested in significant enhancements and expansions to our state’s transit system that will improve the experience of the eight million commuters who use the MTA,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The improvements will be phased in over the coming year.

After a recent review of the line’s service, G trains will operate every eight minutes as opposed to every 10 minutes during weekday evening rush hours from 3 to 9 p.m. The change will reduce wait times for 51,600 straphangers.

An additional eight stops will be added to the M line on the weekend, operating from Queens to Delancey and Essex streets in Manhattan. The line now stops at only five stations on the weekend, and service improvements will help 37,000 customers.

The MTA will also restore service to five bus routes that were cut in 2010 and add service to several lines.

“We have listened to our customers, and we are responding with more bus, subway and commuter rail service as well as enhancements to make that service more reliable and more enjoyable,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said in a statement.

The new budget also includes $2.6 million to fund five new weekday trains and extended weekend service on the Long Island Rail Road.

Metro-North Railroad will invest another $1.7 million to add real-time customer displays in all New York state stations by 2020.

New York City Transit Service investments:

  • G trains will operate every eight minutes during weekday evening rush hours from 3 to 9 p.m.
  • M trains will operate from Queens to Delancey Street-Essex Street in Manhattan on weekends.
  • Service will be restored to B37 bus in southwest Brooklyn, B70 bus on Seventh Avenue and B8 bus to the Bay Ridge-95 Street subway.
  • M8 and Q31 weekend service will be restored.
  • Sunday service will be established on the Q77.
  • Extended weekend and evening service will be added to the S93 bus between the College of Staten Island campus and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
  • M100 will be rerouted to serve neighborhoods along Dyckman Street and Tenth Avenue in northern Manhattan.
  • Bx24 bus will be extended to Hutchinson Metro Center.
  • Another Select Bus Service will be established on an undetermined route.
  • Some express buses in the Eltingville area of Staten Island will be routed through the Lincoln Tunnel.
  • In the Co-Op City area, MTA will study service gaps and solutions.

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