Quit Stalling on the Express
August 20th, 2007

Unused express tracks along the F line in Brooklyn lay dormant, and some of the locals find this ridiculous. So much so, in fact, that two Brooklyn council members recently said that they would not support a fare hike unless the Metropolitan Transportation Authority opens the tracks up for use. While opposing a fare hike is not exactly politically risky, the move was a way for the council members – Simcha Felder of Borough Park and Dominic Recchia of Coney Island – to show they do not accept the transit authority’s explanation for not utilizing the tracks.

Elliot Sander, executive director of the authority, has said that in 2008 they will begin using the express tracks for construction on the Culver Viaduct, where the elevated Smith-9th St. station for the F and G trains reside. As such, they cannot begin to use the tracks for F Express Service until 2012, when construction is finished. He did note, however, that they will look for ways to finish the construction early.

In a letter to the authority, first reported on the Kensington (Brooklyn) blog, the council members write, “We fail to understand what relevance the viaduct has to the” express stations south of the viaduct. “Additionally, we remain unconvinced that the MTA’s 2012 goal is reasonable timeframe for the completion of work on the Viaduct, and, transitively, full restoration of express service.”

Support for the the express line was recently stoked by Carroll Gardens resident Gary Reilly, who started a petition to open the tracks that has now garnered just over 3,600 signatures.

The express service could eliminate 9 stops on the F line commute from the Kings Highway stop in South Brooklyn to the Bergen Street stop in Carroll Gardens. Click here to see a map.

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