New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering a proposal to restore express service along the F train line in Brooklyn in the fall of 2017. Proposed express service in the morning peak hours will run local from Coney Island / Stillwell Ave to Church Ave, then express to 7th Ave, and after that to Jay St. The evening commute will feature the same service in the reverse direction.

In test runs conducted by the MTA, express trains saved seven minutes in northbound service and six minutes in southbound service. For Brooklyn commuters accustomed to some of the longest trips on the entire system without an express or skip-stop option, the express F service will bring welcome relief.

The Benefits to F Express Service

Faster commute

Restored express service will result in a significantly faster overall commute for residents, with over 166,000 hours saved annually, and it will help Brooklyn-based businesses better attract tourists and customers.

Workers in south Brooklyn who currently take over forty-five minutes to reach midtown Manhattan will see significant reductions in their commutes. The MTA estimates that many commuters who currently avoid the F train because of slow service, despite it being the closest local option, will opt to use the line once express service is restored.

The bottom line: F express service would result in the single largest end-to-end running time savings of any express train in New York City.

Fewer Delays

Currently, F trains encounter frequent delays as they await terminating G trains discharging at Church Avenue. With the addition of express service utilizing the additional track, southbound express F train service would avoid these delays.

Less crowding on Local Lines
Commuters who live along local stations will experience trains with far less crowding at peak hours. Local trains that previously reached over 60% of the MTA’s maximum crowding guidelines at the Carroll St station, for instance, will now carry fewer than 50% of the guideline’s recommended maximum passenger load. That means more seating for pregnant, elderly and disabled persons, and a more pleasant commute for all.