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The MTA will add more trains to crowded lines, like the hel(L) train, in the near future

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Jennifer P
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Wait, good news from the MTA? Too bad it’s not happy hour, because we should all be chugging a beer and shot combo to celebrate right now.

The MTA just released a statement, sharing plans to increase service on the 2, 7, L and M lines come December. This means more trains, shorter wait times and hopefully, fewer sardine-packed subway cars during your daily commute. Seriously, was that your elbow or something else touching my hip on the L this morning?

The most significant increase will be seven new weekday round trip rides between 10:30am and 2pm on the L line, which is well deserved since it's been coined the hel(L) train for a reason. The new service will reduce the average time between trains to 5 minutes during the early morning and evening rush hours.

In addition, the 7 line is adding two new cars on weeknights between 8pm and 10:20pm, the 2 line will gain two weeknight trips between 8:30pm and 9:30pm and the M will add one more round trip on weekdays between 9am and 9:30am.

The implementation of the changes will be costly—$1.6 million annually. See? That MTA hike IS paying off (is it sarcasm?). We’ll find out. 

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