NEW YORK — The MTA announced upcoming schedule changes on some subway lines Monday to “better serve the post-COVID travel needs” of New Yorkers.
The MTA said the changes will add scheduled trips for the G, J and M lines on weekends, increasing headway by up to 2 minutes.
In addition, New York City Transit is also proposing an early start of local/express rush hour service on lines A and C, with express service on line A to Manhattan on peak mornings to help commuters in eastern Queens. During the first journey begins. The Rockaways. To meet this earlier express start A, a rush hour C trip would be moved even earlier in the morning.
To make these additional scheduled trips possible, NYC Transit will strategically reduce scheduled trips on Mondays and Fridays on the 1, 6, 7, E, F, L, and Q lines.
These changes reflect an overall lower and more consistent ridership on Mondays and Fridays, where recovery in ridership has proven slower than on mid-weekdays, as hybrid office work has become an increasing trend.
“We continually analyze ridership patterns to better serve riders,” said Richard Dewey, New York City Transit President. “These adjustments reflect a recovery of higher ridership on weekends and a relative lower ridership on Mondays and Fridays, typical of the post-COVID era of hybrid work. As riders return to public transit and patterns change, New York City Transit will adapt service accordingly as we strive to provide fast, clean and safe rides.”
New York City’s weekend transit subway czar, Jose LaSalle, shared similar sentiments, saying in a statement: “Discretionary travel has fueled the subway’s recovery from the depths of the pandemic slump, with a recovery more than weekend ridership numbers.” as well as weekdays. Increased weekend trips on the G, J and M lines will make it easier for Brooklyn and Queens riders to get around the city.”
The changes are expected to take effect in June 2023.