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R Train Needs An MTA Study, Transportation Advocates And Electeds Urge


Jan. 12, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge

In an effort to make R train rides less “infrequent and unreliable,” transportation advocates and more than 40 elected officials are calling on the MTA to conduct a comprehensive review of the line.

The Straphangers Campaign, the Riders Alliance, and the electeds – including several from western Queens – sent a letter to MTA head Tom Prendergast on Monday, requesting a study of the R line.

Some issues the study should look into, according to the letter, include “infrequent and unreliable service, a lack of communication and poor station conditions.”

Western Queens elected officials who signed on include Assembly Members Aravella Simotas and Francisco Moya and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm.

“R train riders must contend with delays and infrequent service, combined with older train cars,” Constantinides said. “A full-line review to assess current issues and examine possible solutions would help to potentially improve the commutes of our residents.”

Full line reviews have been taking place since 2009, according to the MTA, including most recently a study of the A/C in December.

That review took more than a year to complete, which the letter writers called “simply too slow.”

“Riders cannot be expected to wait that long for service assessments and improvements,” they stated.

However, according to the MTA, they will likely have even longer to wait for an R train analysis.

MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz said that, because all full line reviews conducted so far have focused on lettered lines, a numbered line will be selected next.

Ortiz added that a review of the R has not been scheduled, stating that it would become “obsolete” once the Second Avenue Subway opens, which he said will impact ridership on the R due to new transfers to/from Manhattan and the diversion of the Q to the upper east side.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

I guess we will have another “stepchild” to the NYC Subway system, in addition to the G and the C.


It’s nowhere near as bad as the 7 train. i’m always looking to work close to home so I’d never have to use the MTA ever! disgusting service and even more disgusting stations.


Here’s the thing. They’ve been looking into the 7 train. It’s all people talk about. Don’t get me wrong. It makes sense since so many developments have popped up along that line. But that doesn’t mean that other lines shouldn’t get a once over.

Grim Reaper

I’m pretty sure the people that work for the MTA are related to the people that designed the bicycle paths on Queens Blvd. Stupidity like that must be hereditary.

Rocky Balboa

The R train? Take a look at the lousy service on the 7 line – and yes, it is worse since that “wonderful” extension!


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