L Train riders get transfer help from illegal poster project

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Illegal signs directing straphangers to the best stops for train transfers are popping along the L train.
Credit: EPP/Twitter

Straphangers along the L line might have noticed some new signs on the subway platform.

While some New Yorkers have their commutes down to a science, learning the choice spots for transfers and disembarkment by rote, some passengers on the L train now have it a little easier thanks to an helpful, even if illegal, project.

The Efficient Passenger Project launched on Feb. 9 after installing discreet signage between the 8th Avenue and the Myrtle-Wyckoff stops along the L train.

The small posters currently point riders to the best spot to stand at if they’re transferring to the 4, 5 or 6 train at Union Square. More signs are to come, according to the EPP’s Twitter feed.

But the MTA is already working to take the unsanctioned signs down. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz cautioned that too many riders congregating around the highlighted spots might actually make things harder for commuters.

“These signs have the potential to cause crowding conditions in certain platform areas and will create uneven loading in that some train cars will be overcrowded while others will be under-utilized,” Ortiz said.

By early Tuesday afternoon, the EPP said that they’ve only been tipped off to the signs being removed at Bedford Ave. That won’t stop the EPP, though.

“We’re working overtime to make sure we get our replacement up soon,” wrote EPP representative who asked to remain anonymous. “The success of the project depends on it!”

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