Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.
Every straphanger knows about the L train. The (in)famous line that connects the 14th Street corridor of Manhattan with its parallel neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and many other Brooklyn neighborhoods has its stories.
For some, it is the public transportation reason why Brooklyn has revamped itself as the
borough to be in. For others, its service is a running joke
(search: L train to Bedford Avenue, any given Saturday or Friday night, lack of personal space).
Exhibit A: "Oh, the L train isn't running this weekend? Great."
But, as of today, those woes may soon be a thing of the past. The MTA, in recognition of the L train's immense popularity, is adding
98 weekly trips for your commuting pleasure: 16 more each weekday, 11 more on Sunday and 7 additional rides on Saturday.
Who said bureaucracy was so inefficient?
Announced last October, the $1.7 million a year plan was a result of the line's conversion
to a new signaling system called Communication-Based Train Control. (This is why you couldn't get to that Bushwick warehouse party all those times
The new technology allows 19 trains per rush hour to run during the week, as opposed to the current 17 trains. And it allows room for growth: according to an MTA report
, the system can hold 26 trains per rush hour; that's a train to 14th and 8th every 2.3 minutes. That whole "the L train wasn't working" excuse to your boss is about to be outmoded.
Alas, the personal space problem might continue to exist: although the trains will be coming more often, one still has to factor in the increasing number of people commuting back and forth between these two hotspots. With that being said, that car you just squeezed will be packed with 145 riders, on average.
Hold onto that pole or else. Or take a cab. And what about the 2nd Avenue Subway?