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MTA to Increase Weekend Service on 7 train Starting June 2018 to Meet Increased Demand

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Nov. 16, 2017, By Christian Murray

The MTA will be increasing subway service along three Queens subway lines next summer in an effort to keep up with demand.

The biggest change will come to 7-train, where the agency will offer additional service on weekends.

The MTA will provide four additional round trips between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and eight additional round trips on Sundays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

There will be no change to 7-train weekday service.

The MTA approved the changes at its NYC Transit Committee meeting on Monday. They will go into effect June 2018.

“These changes…more closely align service with observed customer demand and established guidelines for subway operation,” according to an MTA report circulated at the committee meeting Monday. The MTA said that it collects ridership data and the additional trains will help meet capacity at times most needed.

Increased service will be offered on the N/W line during the weekdays starting next June.

The MTA will be adding two trains to the N/W line between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and another train between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The MTA will also provide one additional roundtrip train between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.

The MTA said that it treats the N/W as one line since they share a timetable.

The MTA will be adding service to six subway lines in total, with the 2, 3 and Q lines also seeing more trains.

The cost of the additional service across all lines will be $5 million, the MTA said.

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When did “track work” requiring the shutdown of local stations in one direction or another first start? I would guess at least 10 YEARS AGO, maybe longer.
Why hasn’t it been completed by now?


Roxy- Track work on the 7 train begin in the 80’s. Remember the cute little public relations campaign involving the small booklets titled the people of Queens are going to be mad as hell.

El loco

I still can’t figure out what the NYCTA is – totally incompetent or completely corrupt. I think there are good arguments for both.

Al from sunnyside

Because You’re an idiot that’s why. You still can’t figure out how to use a metro card.

Grace shin

Sometime the 7 train delays and signal problem. Too many people in the morning and crowded to ride the train


Meanwhile, AGAIN THIS WEEKEND, #7 service starts and ends at Queens Plaza, with no trains into Manhattan. Also, no local service towards Flushing between QP and 61st Street/Woodside. Under those same conditions last Saturday, it took me about 90 minutes to get to Sunnyside from Union Square/14th Street. “Normally,” it should have taken no more than 30.

extra trains on wknds with an eclipse

With the decades long ‘track work’ weekend stoppages thus means we will see an extra train every 6th wknd.

Not Joe Lhota

You are being unfair to the MTA. We fully expect the upgrade to the number 7 signal system to be completed by 2025, it is not our fault that the new system will then also be obsolete. We have been working diligently to install the new system for 30 years now. We would appreciate your patience in deriding the new system until installation is completed. Then and only then we will agree with you and begin a study to decide what the next system should be. We have budgeted $20,000,000,000 for this study. Completion (of the study) is slated for fiscal 2075. Please be patient.


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