Thursday, June 28, 2007

Is F Train Express Idea Moving to Fast Track?

If we were to bet on one idea that's risen through the grassroots that may have a shot at seeing the light of day in a reasonable amount of time, at this point we'd be putting some money on the idea of restoring express service to Brooklyn's F Line. Not only has the idea made the jump from being covered by Brooklyn blogs to the print media, it's getting some political support. The latest officials to jump on the F Express are Council Members Bill de Blasio (D-Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Kensington), Simcha Felder (D-Midwood, Bensonhurst and Boro Park) and Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island, Gravesend, Bensonhurst). They'll be part of an F Express rally today (6/28) with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Transportation Alternatives.

An online petition for F Express service launched by Gary Reilly of Brooklyn Streets got 2,500 signatures (including ours) in two weeks. Mr. Reilly presented the petition at the MTA's board meeting yesterday and says the idea has support on the board. The MTA has already said it would restore some express service on the F line in 2012; the push is to get it done much sooner.

The rally is at 2PM at the Church Avenue F station at Church and McDonald Avenues.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "F" express service request is ridiculous. I live at a local station, Ditmas Ave on this line. I remember when for a year or 2, may 20 years ago, there was express service. The service at my station, a local station, was horrible, even in rush hour. i would wait an incrediblyu long time for a train. I do NOT like the idea. I hope your request fails.There are just not enough F trains and riders to seriously warrant express service.

I dread the idea of express service in Brooklyn. It will actually cause more waiting and travelling time for me.

You people don't know what you're talking about.

Ernest Park

4:37 PM  

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