With straphangers bracing themselves for Round 2 of the dreaded L-Pocalypse tonight, it's worth remembering that the MTA giveth as the MTA taketh away—the agency says they're increasing service on the L, in addition to the 2, 7, and M trains. The bad news is, only the M's are getting more trains during a slice of the morning commute, so the Bedford Avenue platform will still be all elbows and assholes during rush hour.
According to an MTA press release, the L will get seven weekday roundtrips between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., resulting in an average wait time of about 5 minutes between trains. The 7, meanwhile, is getting treated to two more round trips on weeknights between 8 p.m. and 10:20 p.m., and the 2's getting two round trips between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., reducing respective average wait times to 4 1/2 minutes and 7 1/2 minutes.
And the M, which has been getting more and more love from the MTA of late, will get a roundtrip ride between 9 a.m. and 9:30, slicing that wait time down to 7 1/2 minutes.
According to recent MTA data, subway ridership was at a record 1.751 billion last year, and that number will likely climb as more and more hopeful dreamers flood into town. The L saw an uptick of 5,600 riders per station on an average weekday, and the 7 saw spikes at stations like Vernon-Jackson Avenue and Court Square. Just something fun to keep in mind before sweaty summer armpit commutes commence!