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W train expected to resume service Nov. 7: MTA

Welcome back, with a capital W.
The W would effectively replace the Q as the Q is diverted to the Second Avenue line.Wikimedia Commons

The W train might be back sooner than you expected. An MTA spokesman confirmed that the W trainwill resume service on Nov. 7.

The train will run fromAstoria, Queensto Whitehall in Lower Manhattan.

The W was discontinued in 2010, but is being welcomed back in anticipation of the Q train being rerouted once the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway opens.

RELATED:MTA proposes the return of the W train in 2016


“With every day’s work on the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA gets closer to fulfilling a promise first made to New Yorkers in 1929,”MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said earlier this year. “Opening the Second Avenue Subway will provide new options for our customers and relieve congestion on Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 trains.”

New stations are planned for the W on 72nd, 82nd and 96th streets and MTA said they should be open by the end of this year, NY1 reported.

Testing of the third rail on the Second Avenue line'stracks began last week.

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