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.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Thousands protest in New York over Eric Garner…

The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner.

International

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated.

National

SpaceX rocket terminated in Texas test flight

A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight, triggering its automatic termination system.

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

Music

Arcade Fire concert review, Massachusetts, Aug. 19

Arcade Fire take the opposite approach of "Shut up and play the hits," and it works in their favor on the "Reflektor" tour.

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…