We need a REAL F express, not cuts to local service
You may have seen the MTA’s announcement today that they are planning to run two F trains making express stops only during morning and evening rush hours starting in September.
You know as well as I do that these four daily express trains will only harm local riders. We would be delighted to see a real F express train, with no cuts to existing service - one that brings twice as much train service to all of our neighborhoods and actually meets the stated goal of accelerated service for southern Brooklyn.
But that’s not what the MTA is doing.
The MTA’s plan adds no new train service whatsoever. Instead, it simply eliminates some amount of service during rush hour at six local stations that already experience significant, and at times dangerous, overcrowding. It doesn’t even help people in southern Brooklyn get to work quicker: with only two new express trains during rush hours at unpredictable times, no one will be able to count on leaving for the station later and reliably catching an express train.
We organized together when the idea of cutting local service was first floated, and demonstrated the harm it would have for commuters. Now we need to come together again to fight for a real F express that adds service for all of our neighborhoods, without cutting service at local stations.
The MTA has been deeply disingenuous about their plans to cut F train service to local stations, and has failed to meaningfully engage the community in how changes to train service would affect us. First, they repeatedly promised us and other elected officials a meeting to discuss the proposed F express nearly two years ago, but kept postponing and ultimately cancelled. Then, the MTA began running a “rogue” F express, often skipping local stops with no notice or even announcement. When many of you helped us track the service disruptions back in January we saw that nearly every day an F train was skipping local stations. Yet the MTA denied that the rogue F express was happening, and didn’t even bother to respond to the letter that we sent with data from hundreds of you.
Now they are springing cuts to rush hour service on local stations, raising the specter of more permanent cuts.
The MTA is dressing this up as speeding up service for southern Brooklyn, but we know the truth. This is simply cutting service.
Rather than pitting riders against each other and polarizing the F train community, the MTA needs to expand local service, as they add accelerated service. If what it will take to run more trains is making the F a priority for signal modernization, then let’s do that and then add the express trains.
We will need your help to mobilize again to keep local service running at the rates we need it, and speed up service for south Brooklyn commuters. I promise to keep fighting to ensure riders at local stops do not see a decrease in service.
Stay tuned for more updates,