Sections

About F’ing time! Weekend shuttles are done — for now

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

The weekend shuttle bus system that has been the bane of F-train riders for the past three weekends, is over — for now.

MTA spokesman Charles Seaton told The Brooklyn Paper that the kind of track work that requires the line to be completely shut down — forcing the use of shuttle buses between Church Avenue and Jay Street — has been curtailed through the winter.

But the news still had riders fuming at the agency, which doesn’t post weekend service advisories in the affected stations until the day before the track work begins.

“Customer service has never been the MTA’s strong suit,” said David Cohen, who lives near the Smith-Ninth Street station, the epicenter of weekend shuttle bus confusion.

Other riders said they didn’t even bother hopping the iron horse during the three weekends of inconvenience.

“I knew it would be a waste of time,” said Lindsey Gice of Carroll Gardens. “Luckily, everything you need is in Brooklyn.”

Seaton partly blamed riders for the confusion about the necessary weekend service changes, saying that those yellow construction signs that go up in stations on Thursday nights are actually the last link in the MTA’s customer service outreach, which includes e-mail alerts and announcements on the agency’s Web site two weeks prior to construction. Station signs go up at the last minute to prevent damage, he added.

The end of the shuttle service is only slight cause for celebration. The $250-million Culver Viaduct construction project, which is the true source for all the weekend inconvenience, is far from over. The project will have F trains on the fritz between the Carroll Gardens and Fourth Avenue Stations until at least 2012.

That work is expected to help the notoriously poor F train at least achieve parity with the rest of the system. State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights) received so many complaints about the line earlier this year that he got the MTA to conduct an in-depth analysis and commit to improving the little engine that can’t.

Squadron said that riders should start seeing improvements in November, and more significant improvements beginning next year.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

ddunlop from Carroll Gardens says:
Please define "improvements" does that mean the trains will actually be running on the weekends, or that they will be able to run twice as fast?
Oct. 28, 2009, 12:52 pm
Jenna from Park Slope says:
Sadly the shuttle bus has returned today...without notification. : [
Nov. 14, 2009, 12:37 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: