The MTA will bring back limited rush-hour express service to the F train in Brooklyn on Monday, a move agency officials hope will bring some relief to riders on the chronically unreliable subway line.
A handful of weekday rush hour trains will skip all stops between Church Ave. and Jay St.-MetroTech, with the exception of the 7th Ave. station in Park Slope.
Two Manhattan-bound trains will get the speedy treatment from 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., and another two Coney Island-bound trains will zoom passengers along the route between 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
NYC Transit President Andy Byford plans to ride the line’s first express train Monday morning to collect feedback from straphangers who rely on the route, which has for years bogged down the subway’s on-time performance metrics.
As recent infrastructure and operational fixes have helped take the subway system out of a crisis — MTA officals now say more than 80% of weekday trains run on time — service on the F line continues to be dismal. Just 63% of F trains ran on time in July, agency statistics show.
The MTA ran express service on the F line decades ago, but stopped the practice in the 1970s. The line runs local-only along the 26 stops between Broadway Lafayette and Stillwell Ave., the longest stretch of track without an express option in the entire subway system.
Some Brooklynites are upset by the express option because their stops will be skipped and the MTA does not plan to run any additional trains on the line to make up the difference.
"The MTA has said they cannot add trains because of the current signal system,” Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) wrote in a letter to constituents Sunday. “They have committed, for at least the foreseeable future, not to expand F express service beyond the four scheduled express trains starting this week.”
Lander this summer launched a petition demanding the MTA run more trains on the F line or not to go through with the change, and also accused the agency of running “rogue F express” trains for months.
“Hopefully, now that the express trains are supposedly scheduled they will be less disruptive,” Lander wrote.