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The Second Avenue subway is finally getting more trains

Rebecca Fontana

The Second Avenue subway has been toying with our emotions since it opened in January. There are four spotless new stations with amazing artwork, yes, but anyone who’s ridden it knows that it’s common to see 20 minutes go by between trains. (And then there’s the station entrance that already shut down. It was nice while it lasted.)   

However! The MTA just announced that two new trains will be added to the Q line at rush hour in November. Right now there are currently 10 southbound trains and three northbound trains running during rush hour on the East Side line, which isn’t quite enough for the 176,000 passengers who ride the trains daily.

In further good news, as of last night, the 83rd Street entrance to the 86th Street station finally has working escalators again! A source working at the station could not confirm if all the damage had been repaired, though, saying only that they’re taking it day by day. We wouldn’t expect anything more.


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