Friday, June 05, 2009

NYC Transit testing express subway capability in the Bronx

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Beginning June 8 for a three-week test period, MTA New York City Transit will operate a “Bronx Express 4” train service southbound, skipping nine stations in the Bronx, in an effort to provide faster service for weekday morning riders bound for Manhattan.

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The move leverages New York’s City’s ability, unparalleled by other U.S. urban transit operations, to provide express and local rapid rail services. The new express train will be aided by upgraded signaling, and an upgraded third track along its route in the Bronx.

Officials hope to cut trip time by 3.5 minutes, modest by some measures but “a significant time saving when you are headed out to work in the morning," IRT East Group General Manager David Knight said.

The weekday pilot program will run through June 26, with an express train departing from the No. 4 line’s terminus in Woodlawn every 15 minutes between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays. Express services will stop at Moshulu Parkway, Burnside Ave., and 149th Street, then proceed south into Manhattan on its usual express run. Conductors will alert riders that the trains are running express, NYC Transit President Howard Roberts said.