Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Morning and evening rush hours might see half of the current F trains running express in both directions between Church Avenue and Jay Street-Metrotech, starting in fall 2017. 

The F express would stop at the 7th Avenue station, but it would skip the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, 4th Avenue-9th Street, Smith Street-9th Street, Carroll Street, and Bergen Street stations. Those stations would still be serviced by the F local.

The MTA has completed a feasibility study and analysis of establishing an F express service in Brooklyn. Its 37-page report, "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn," includes the results of its study as well as its recommendations.

The report preliminarily recommends that an F express service should be implemented after the end of the Culver station project in early fall 2017, based on what the MTA has determined is a net savings in passenger travel time. 

The agency is now looking for feedback about it from the public.

The MTA study was conducted at the request of F train riders and elected officials in Brooklyn who use the line to commute into Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan. But Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and several New York State Senators have already spoken out against the proposal. (Brooklyn Patch)

The study analyzes a two-way peak period express service between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech, with half of the F trains operating express during rush hours and half of the F trains--along with the G trains--operating local.

Due to ridership demand falling within New York City Transit's loading guidelines and rolling stock and track capacity constraints, no additional overall F service would be added, meaning that should an express be implemented, local stations between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech would have 50% less peak F service. 

Among the key findings of the study are the following:
  • Express riders during the morning peak hour would save on average 3.4 minutes. Local riders would lose on average 1.3 minutes. The net travel time benefit would be 27,000 minutes. The maximum northbound travel time savings would be 7.3 minutes. However, more riders would experience longer travel times as ridership is heavier between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech.
  • An express service could lead to some operational improvements, as southbound F express trains would no longer be delayed by terminating G trains discharging at Church Avenue and by G trains originating at Church Avenue.
  • F express trains would be slightly more crowded than current F trains, although still within NYC Transit's loading guidelines, while the F locals would be less crowded. There would also be increased stair crowding at a couple of local stations due to larger evening exit surges per train.

So, F local riders would experience longer wait times for less crowded trains, and riders with access to F express service would see reduced travel times for more crowded trains.