Your L train rides of the future may be a little less packed.
The MTA is hoping to spend $1.7 million a year to increase service on the line which regularly sees crowded platforms and packed cars. The agency expects the additional cars to reduce the number of people in each car by 6 to 15 people. Right now, the line is operating over-capacity according to the MTA’s guidelines.
In addition to minimizing crowds on the L line, the additional trains are also seen as a way to help M train riders cope with rehabilitation work on that line as it prepares to handle more rider when the L train shuts down in 2019.
There will be 11 extra round-trips from 9am to 7:30pm on weekdays, 12 extra round-trips on Saturday between 7am and 3pm and 27 extra round-trips between 7am and 8pm on Sundays. That comes out to a total of 50 extra round-trips on the line a week.