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F train express service begins

September 16, 2019 Noah Goldberg

Limited F train express service began Monday in Brooklyn to the delight of some local electeds, who hopped on the inaugural ride.

Starting Monday, two peak-hour Manhattan-bound F trains will run express from Church Avenue to Jay Street-Metrotech between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. A pair of peak-hour Coney Island-bound trains will do the same between 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., the MTA said.

Local Brooklyn councilmembers Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yeger and Assemblymember William Colton snagged seats on the first F train of its kind — and were all smiles in a blurry selfie they snapped while aboard. (It remains to be seen whether or not Councilmember Yeger’s attempt to popularize the term “#Fexpress” will take hold.)

The F train has the longest local service-only portion of any train line in the city, with 26 local stops between Broadway-Lafayette in Manhattan and Coney Island-Stillwell Ave in Brooklyn, according to the MTA. The agency said some customers will shave more than an hour off their commutes.

“We’re adding some limited express service to the F line in Brooklyn because our customers asked, and we listened,” said MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “It will benefit thousands of commuters by getting them to their destinations faster instead of sitting waiting as their train makes all local stops.”

The new express line, designated with an F inside of an orange diamond, will skip over six stops between Church and Jay Street, including stops along Prospect Park, in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill.

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