Sources: M train looking to be history, MTA hearings coming in March
Hear ye hear ye, the service cuts are coming.
According to MTA documents obtained Thursday, the agency plans to axe the M train and send the V out to Middle Village. Riders now using the M in Queens would need to transfer to the J to access five lower Manhattan stations, as amNewYork previously reported.
In keeping with the previous “doomsday” cuts, the MTA intends to shorten the G train and eliminate the W train, documents show. Trains would also become more crowded during weekends and evenings.
The agency will hold a series of public hearings across the region about the looming service cuts in March, transit sources told amNewYork. Individual hearings will focus on cuts in that particular region, with two sessions a night taking place at 6 p.m.:
- March 1: Westchester County in White Plains, NY; Long Island in Carle Place, NY
- March 2: Queens at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing; Staten Island at the College of Staten Island
- March 3: The Bronx at Yankee Stadium; Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum
- March 4: Manhattan at Fashion Institute of Technology; Rockland County in Suffern, NY
State law mandates the hearings happen before service is cut, with MTA officials and board members typically getting an earful from individual communities and constituencies. Last year, hearings about similar service cuts lasted for a total of 45 hours.
“This is when you get your voice heard by the big cheeses,” said Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign.
Still, some transit advocates criticized the doubling up on hearings each day, arguing that officials should attend all of them.
“This is not good. The purpose of the hearings is so we can hear from the entire region,” said Andrew Albert, chair of the New York City Transit Riders Council.
A MTA spokesman declined to comment.