L and M riders will soon see some relief from overcrowded trains and a bump in weekend service, the MTA announced on Wednesday.
The MTA plans on increasing service to the lines this fall due to increased ridership demands along the subway stops.
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“Among the changes is a significant increase in L weekend service, which will decrease wait times for customers as well as increase capacity on a line that continues to see ridership growth, most notably during off peak hours,” said NYC Transit President, Carmen Bianco. “Ridership is at an all-time high, including records for weekend ridership. These are customers who rely on us for all of their transportation needs, both work and play, are we are trying to meet that demand with our available resources.”
Implementation of the changes will cost approximately $1.7 million annually, the MTA said.
The changes include:
· Saturday L service will increase a total of 33 round trips between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m
· Sunday L service will increase a total of 23 round trips between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
· Weekday evening L service will increase a total of three round trips;
· Weekday M services will increase a total of one round trip (one northbound trip in the morning and one southbound trip in the late afternoon)