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#498826 - 06/29/10 03:42 PM the W train
mfeijo Offline
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Am I the only one missing the W train? I simply loved that line. I always walked more and waited more just to get in the W. Anyone else out there that love the W and want it back?
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#498827 - 06/29/10 05:04 PM Re: the W train [Re: mfeijo]
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#498930 - 07/06/10 09:16 AM Re: the W train [Re: checkmatechamp13]
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Definitely missing the W. As an Astoria resident working in lower mnahattan it adds 10 minutes and lots of aggravation on to my commute due to switching trains. To start with, the R train seems to have been experiencing alot of delays both coming and going. If I catch an N train coming from Astoria and wait to switch at Prince Street to the R, I have to stand and look at the N sit at Prince for 5 minutes while a Q passes for Canal Street. I wish the N just ran the extra three stops through the Financial District.

In all, a major disruption to my travel. The changes just serve to isolate lower manhattan even more at a time when this area of the city is already hurting.

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#498931 - 07/06/10 10:15 AM Re: the W train [Re: WWarrior]
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I also agree.

I have seen people sitting illegal on subway steps while waiting for (R) in 4th Av and Lower Manhattan portion.

Not only subway station, I also seen (NJT) Riders sitting illegal on stairs at NY Penn Station, even thought sign clearly state DO NOT SIT ON STAIRS.


Even (M) experience delays, too.
Some (M) T/O is like (G), sometimes open their door for people who are running.
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#498932 - 07/06/10 12:10 PM Re: the W train [Re: FamousNYLover]
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For me it is a guessing game AM rush if the Q will terminate at 57th St or go to Astoria. The signs all say Astoria but when we get to 14th Street they start saying we are terminating at 57th and do not switch to the local track after 34th St.
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#498933 - 07/06/10 12:11 PM Re: the W train [Re: FamousNYLover]
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I always felt the N should just exp all the way down and over the bridge or go thru lower Manhattan the way it used to when the bridge was closed, not the hybrid thing its doing now.
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#498996 - 07/14/10 07:34 PM Re: the W train [Re: TwoTimer]
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I don't like the new set up, like how the (N) is loc. When it was exp I used to take either (N) or (Q) to Atlantic-Pacific. Now its like a guessing game, (N) on loc & (Q) on exp, which will get to the bridge first. Even some (Q) let (N) go first, or vice-versa.
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#499038 - 07/20/10 01:31 PM Re: the W train [Re: A-train]
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So is the R more crowded in Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn since the change?

Also i personally think the N/Q should both run exp and everything else left to the R.

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#499039 - 07/20/10 04:29 PM Re: the W train [Re: R160Etrain]
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If the R is more crowded, why would you make it take on more burden just to keep 2 express trains running? That makes no sense. There should always be at least 2 locals on Broadway during the day.


Edited by Grand Concourse (07/20/10 04:30 PM)

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#499056 - 07/22/10 11:00 AM Re: the W train [Re: WWarrior]
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Originally Posted By: WWarrior
Definitely missing the W. As an Astoria resident working in lower mnahattan it adds 10 minutes and lots of aggravation on to my commute due to switching trains. To start with, the R train seems to have been experiencing alot of delays both coming and going. If I catch an N train coming from Astoria and wait to switch at Prince Street to the R, I have to stand and look at the N sit at Prince for 5 minutes while a Q passes for Canal Street. I wish the N just ran the extra three stops through the Financial District.

In all, a major disruption to my travel. The changes just serve to isolate lower manhattan even more at a time when this area of the city is already hurting.


Whilst I'm sure that the W was a very convenient and easy ride for you, and likely you got a seat all or part of the way, you now have multiple transfer options. You can change for the ridiculously overcrowded 4 & 5 at 59 St for a quick trip downtown, faster than the W I would suspect, or again at Union Sq, and lastly, you can switch at Canal for the J Z. Yes, the 1 2 3 at Times Sq are options, but I think that's not really a good option (unless any of these lines takes you right to your building).
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