WRITTEN BY FALLON RAIMO
The W Train returned to the yellow line on November 7, rejoining the N, Q, and R trains after a six year hiatus.
The W will be running local from Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan to Astoria Ditmars Boulevard in Queens, temporarily eliminating all Queens Q service. The trains will be running from roughly 7am to 11pm daily.
MTA Subway Map Second Avenue Subway Line Q W Restored NYCThe W train ran from 2004 to 2010, but was discontinued due to budget cuts made by the MTA during the recession. After the train’s six year gap in service, the MTA is now making record revenue, and they think that it is smart to add it back. The comeback of the W train will cost approximately $13.7 million each year according to the New York City Transit budget.
The W train’s comeback will have ripple effects on its fellow yellow line trains.
The Q train will now stop at 57th street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan until the opening of the long-awaited Second Avenue line, expected at the end of this year.
The Q train will be rerouted when the Second Avenue line opens, and service will resume from the 96th Street stop in Manhattan to its usual final destination at Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue. When the Q resumes, it will be going express through Manhattan.
The N train will remain mostly the same between Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, but will be running express from Times Square/42nd Street to Canal Street during weekday rush hours, midday and evenings. It will continue to stop at 49th Street station at all times.
The R shuttle that is usually available only in Brooklyn from 11 pm to 6 am each night will be extended to Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The shuttle will make all local stops between Whitehall Street and Bay Ridge/95th Street seven days a week.
According to AM New York, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said, “At end of the day, there’ll be better service due to the fact that trains will be coming from Whitehall Street and not Brooklyn, where Q trains could experience service interruptions.”
The MTA is not expecting a drop in ridership or commuter satisfaction.
The rush hour service is expected to stay the same. Seven northbound and six south bound W trains are planned to run during the peak hours. Though, 20 trains will be cut from running to and from Astoria each day. This doesn’t seem like a problem, because the W line is shorter than the Q so trains should move more quickly and efficiently.
The train is supposedly not expected to effect the Queens commuters too much.
But many SFC students disagree that service is supposed to be the same or better, especially those who commute back and forth between Brooklyn and Queens. Many of them echoed the sentiment, “Why fix what isn’t broken?”
Senior Jessica Roeder told SFC Today, “Adding a train will make it slower. There will be more confusion with people transferring, and it might hold up trains. I love the Q because coming from Brooklyn it makes for a quicker commute back to Astoria. The N train is less reliable.”
Another senior, Alexa Castelluccio, got straight to the point, saying, “I think it’s extremely unnecessary. What is wrong with the Q?”
Alexandra Ottaviano, a third senior at St. Francis, added, “I’m confused as to why they even brought it back in the first place. I don’t know much about it, but it seems like a waste of time and money, but just as long as it doesn’t effect my daily commute, then I’m neutral.”
All in all, the best way to see if the W train will work is by putting it to the test. As long as the MTA continues to make their revenue and until they have to make more budget cuts in the future, it looks like the W train is here to stay.