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F-ast and F-urious: Coney Islanders demand return of express F train

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They ain’t F’ing around!

Coney Islanders say it’s time to restore express F train service to the busier-than-ever amusement district — now that sworn enemies Mayor DeBlasio and Gov. Cuomo finally shook hands on a plan to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the next four years.

“When they pass budgets, we have to be accounted for,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island). “We matter.”

The authority axed express F service in 2010 amidst broad-stroke cuts to subway and bus service in an effort to plug the a then-$400 million budget gap.

Treyger’s push comes at a seminal moment for Coney, because the neighborhood’s iconic amusement district — home to Luna Park and Nathan’s Famous hot dogs — is enjoying a renaissance not seen since tourism peaked at 15 million visitors annually in the 1960s, according to the area’s unofficial mayor.

“Coney Island has a lot more to offer than it did even three or four years ago, so an express train is appropriate, and I’m thrilled he’s working on it,” said Dick Zigun, founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow.

And the city hopes to build on that momentum by seizing several private lots to build more thrill rides and some park land.

Now, local businesses are gearing up a grass-roots push supporting restored express F service, the head of a trade group said.

“I’m bracing myself on this,” said Johanna Zaki, director of the Alliance for Coney Island.

Treyger and a slew of Southern Brooklyn politicians plan to roll out a restoration campaign later this year, a Treyger spokesman said.

The only people cringing at the prospect of a brisk 40-minute train ride from Downtown are area workers that used tardy F Trains as an excuse for their own lateness, one area business owner said.

“I think it would be good for business in terms of getting my workers in on time,” said Footprints Cafe manager Ava Morgan. “Some of the time they say the train is delayed, so they come in an hour or an hour-and-a-half late!”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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MetroCarl says:
"The only people cringing at the prospect of a brisk 40-minute train ride from Downtown are area workers that used tardy F Trains as an excuse for their own lateness, one area business owner said." I imagine that many residents in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill will be less than thrilled by the loss of F train service.
Oct. 20, 2015, 8:55 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
As a member of the transit advacocy group known as the Riders Alliance, this could be an excellent campaign for all subway straphangers in Brooklyn. Go to ridersny.org and click on the "What's Your Campaign?" Section to give your information about your campaign, or you can email @ info@ridersny.org to send your campaign suggestion like this. The Riders Alliance is a grassroots campaign organization dedicated to subway and bus riders in NYC.
Oct. 20, 2015, 9:15 am
DAvid from Trump says:
Treyger is F’ing around! another opportunistic move, Recchia lobbied for this for 12 years. if this does happen no way he should take any credit. weakest member of the council for this area ever. Lasher was even more effective with Alzheimers.
Oct. 20, 2015, 10:12 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
why not make the G train run express to Coney Island on
Oct. 20, 2015, 4:56 pm
Chris Raso II from Brooklyn Heights says:
If anything, not only should the G train be extended to Coney Island, but let that train run local while the F runs express and since there's only one middle track(unfortunately), express service runs northbound to Manhattan from 6am-12noon and then southbound back to Coney Island 12:01-8pm on weekdays. The 7 train has done this for quite some time now and it's been working out just fine and dandy for those, who ride that train. If the F train deal works out, then eventually we can do the same thing with the D and N lines. Just imagine the possibilities and smiles on many faces in the end-run!
Oct. 20, 2015, 6:02 pm
jay from nyc says:
don't worry it will break down every three seconds just like the regular f train and cost five million percent more to operate.
Oct. 20, 2015, 7:39 pm
Waldman from Trump says:
John Waldman Lisyanskiy still doesn't return my calls from his tiny desk at the buildings department. I'm told he is always getting coffee for his supervisor and playing on his Facebook. Waste of government money!
Oct. 20, 2015, 10:10 pm

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