Originally posted by Grand Concourse:
A service that makes too much sense. - I feel pity for the packed L line and the vacuous at times M.
Originally posted by Fulton Street El:
Simple. The V ends at 2nd Ave, one station after of Broadway-Lafayette. Broadway-Lafayette is the next station after Essex. How can they run a 6th AVe service from the Williamsburg bridge now that the 57th Street terminal is gone? Simple. The V is connected to the M, and the train runs from Metropolitan AVe to 71st St Forest Hills. It's a clean, simple combination.
The "L" is packed because that is where most people want to go, is to Midtown Manhattan.
The "L" is better than all the lines that it crosses because it connects to every single line, making it very convenient for everyone.
The "M" that you are proposing will not do much but replace the "V" line.
For rail fans it will be good, because it will utilize that connection b/t the IND and BMT southern division. But frankly, I don't think it is a good idea and I'm going to tell you why.
The "M" is forced to use only 8 60ft cars because of the limited station width on the eastern division. As a result, there will be limited capacity for people using it throughout Manhattan and Queens.
One example is the 53rd Street station at Lexington Avenue. That transfer is at the rear of the station for the Queens Bound line. The train would have to be situated towards the rear so that it can be easier to board the train. And since the cars would be smaller, the capacity for each car will be lower, meaning that people will not be given a better choice than the "E" line.
Right now the "E" can not take anymore passengers. It is filling the void for the missing "F" and it takes time for people to change their riding habits.
Besides, people need the "M" at South Brooklyn. Don't expect me to give up my comfortable ride so that this connection is utilized for your own satisfaction.
I'm sorry the "M" is made a shuttle. I know how you all must feel, but this expansion would have no effect on improved weekend service.
In short, the "L" is well situated that I don't think people are going to be stupid enough to stay on the "M" line.
Instead of creating a new line, the "L" should be expanded to include a set of express tracks underneath for express service. Many "L" stations are already setup as island platforms, so including an express service should be fairly easy. It could even include a short cut to speed the trip even further. But that needs to be study.