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F-urious! Southern Brooklyn pols demand MTA restore F express

Express it!: Community leaders and local pols called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to speed up its plan to launch an F express train.
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What do they want? “F train!” When do they want it? “Express!”

Southern Brooklyn pols stressed the need for express F-train service to speed up commutes for far-flung users of the line at a Coney Island press conference on April 10. The Metropolitan Transit Authority says it plans to roll out the orange bullet between Church Avenue and Jay Street this fall, but doubtful pols demanded the authority stick to its word.

“Our message is very simple, yes to the F express,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), announcing a new campaign advocating for express service called fastercommute.nyc. “We’re not asking for some pie-in-the-sky street car on Surf Avenue. We’re asking for something very tangible, very realistic, and something that is fair to this community.”

The transit authority plans for half the line’s trains to skip all Manhattan-bound stops between Church Avenue and Jay Street — except for Seventh Avenue — during the morning and evening rush. The rejiggering would make the commute to the distant isle of Manhattan a bit more livable by shaving more than seven minutes off Southern Brooklynites’ trip, while adding up to five minutes to straphangers commutes in the Brownstone area, according to an agency study.

Downtown leaders who originally supported the plan rebuffed it after learning express service would cut rush-hour F-trains in half at six Brownstone stops.

But Southern Brooklynites say that Downtown yuppies are just being selfish, and ignoring the isolation of transit-starved residents and businesses below the borough’s proverbial Mason-Dixon line, said one Coney Island restaurateur.

“People in other neighborhoods and Manhattan have so many more transportation options than we do,” said Nino Russo, the owner of Coney’s famed Gargiulo’s Restaurant. “A lot of my patrons come from Manhattan and it’s frustrating for me when I hear my customers complaining about how long it took to get to here. Why don’t we have more options like everyone else?”

Launching the orange bullet is the equitable solution, said another pol.

“We can’t get to school, we can’t get to work, we can’t get better jobs because we don’t have mass transit,” said Councilman David Greenfield (D–Borough Park). “The right thing to do is to bring back the F express like the [Metropolitan Transit Authority] said it would a year ago.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Ronaldo from Gravesend says:
Get a new councilman first. Nobody going to listen to a maniac like Treyger. All he does is yell.
April 12, 2017, 12:26 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
A boroughwide public transit civil war that both sides will not win along the IND Culver Line. I am not surprised there.
April 12, 2017, 12:47 pm
Jay from Sunset Park says:
If you're going to complain about a lack of transportation options, don't do so in front of a station that has four subway lines. Just saying.
April 14, 2017, 10:06 am
Peter from Brooklyn says:
The F Express has been studied time and time again.

Conclusion: There is no benefit

So time for everyone to shut up about it.
April 17, 2017, 2:18 pm

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