Transportation
Feb 19, 2016

Welcome Back, W Train!

Last summer we asked, “Is the W returning to Queens?” Well the answer is YES, YES IT WILL. According to a post by the Second Avenue Sagas blog, thanks to the (…)

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Last summer we asked, “Is the W returning to Queens?” Well the answer is YES, YES IT WILL. According to a post by the Second Avenue Sagas blog, thanks to the 2nd Avenue subway eating up the Q, the W will be back Fall 2016 (estimated). Here’s how the trains will run:

  • W trains will make all local stops between Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard and Whitehall St. during weekdays. There will be no W service on weekends or late nights (which is in line with current Q service to Astoria).
  • N trains will run express in Manhattan between 34th St. – Herald Square and Canal St. on weekdays. N trains will run local on weekends and late nights.
  • Q trains will run express to 57th St./7th Ave. until the Second Ave. Subway opens, and then, Q trains will run to 96th St./2nd Ave. with additional stops at Lexington Ave./63rd St., 72nd St./2nd Ave. and 86th St./2nd Ave. The Q will not stop at 49th St.
  • R train service will be unchanged.

For those of you that have missed taking only one train to lower Manhattan, this is a commute gift. The MTA service will likely suck just as is does now, but at least there will be one less headache you have to deal with. The above changes will cost $13.7 million per year. But will it be restored just in time for the MTA to shut down four Astoria stations along the line? Only time will tell.

Ahead of 2nd Ave. Subway opening, MTA officially set to restore W service to Astoria [2nd Avenue Sagas]

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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