Brooklyn No. 5 riders win, No. 4 travelers lose
Brooklyn No. 5 riders, prepare for smoother commute.
The MTA is looking to ferry No. 5 trains into Brooklyn beyond the rush hour, when they currently terminate at the Bowling Green station. The proposal, which will be considered by the MTA board next week, would extend No. 5 service to the Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College stop between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The change would begin in June if passed.
But the shift comes at the expense of No. 4 riders. The agency would run four fewer No. 4 trains along the line during the time period, causing some additional crowding on the line, according to MTA documents.Its a tradeoff, said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
The expanded service would not cost additional cash, according to the proposal. It would also better balance the schedules between the No. 4, 5, 2 and 3 trains, officials said.