MTA Service Cuts Begin: A Guide

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beginning Sunday, 38 bus routes will be cut entirely, while another 76 will run shorter routes or shorter hours. Off-peak subway service will be reduced on 11 subway lines starting Sunday, while two others will be eliminated as of Monday.

Along with reductions on commuter railroads, the cuts are expected to save the MTA $93 million annually. The MTA is facing a $750 million budget deficit this year.

The majority of bus routes will remain the same, however, and every subway station will continue be served, though some of them less frequently.

Visit the MTA's Trip Planner website for more details.

New York City Transit Information Line: (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.): 718-330-1234

Here's a guide prepared by the Transportation Nation team at WNYC:

EXPRESS BUS (35 routes pre-6/27)

  • 12 express lines entirely cut
  • Another 11 will be “restructured” or no longer run weekends

NYCT BUSES (197 routes pre-6/27)

  • 21 local bus lines cut entirely
  • Another 65 will be “restructured,” run shorter hours or shorter distances, some of them eliminating weekend or overnight runs.

MTA BUS (47 routes that were formerly private bus lines)

  • 5 lines will be cut entirely

SUBWAY LINES (27 lines pre-6/27, counting each shuttle separately)

  • Two lines are cut, one is shortened and weekend service on 11 lines reduced.
  • M service in southern Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan eliminated (it used to offer weekday service to Borough Park, Bensonhurst). The northern Brooklyn branch into Bushwick and Middle Village is merged with V line but flies under the new orange M flag; Southern Brooklyn riders can take R or D at stops once served by M, except there will be less frequent service as a result.
  • V line eliminated—though in reality just by name, while new orange M takes over almost all of the route albeit with shorter trains because M platforms in northern Brooklyn are shorter than V platforms in Manhattan. (It used to run weekdays between Forest Hills and the Lower East Side.)
  • W line gets eliminated (it used to run weekdays between Astoria and the Battery). Astoria riders can take the Q line, which gets extended north to Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, and the N line, which used to run express in Manhattan, will now run local to Canal. That means longer waits for express riders in Midtown Manhattan, who must resort only to the Q, and local riders south of Canal, who now can only take the R.
  • G line will no longer serve northeastern Queens, as it did on evenings, nights and weekends (though construction work frequently shut down that service anyway). However, G service on its remaining route, between Church Avenue and Court Square, will see three more evening runs.
  • Eleven lines will run less frequently on either Saturdays or Sundays or both (1,D,F,G,J,M,N,Q,R on Saturdays; 1,A,D,E,F,G,N,Q,R on Sundays); trains will come every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes (every 8 minutes instead of every 6 minutes on the No. 6 line).

METRO NORTH AND LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

  • Reduced frequency of train service went into effect in May and earlier in June.

LONG ISLAND BUS

  • 11 routes eliminated, another 7 experience shorter runs or fewer hours

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