Transit looking to speed service on the 4, 5 lines
The MTA hopes to make the commute on the Lexington Avenue line less of a crush.
The agency recently began a $5 million pilot program that will allow trains to safely run closer together on the No. 4 and No. 5 lines in Manhattan, NYC Transit officials said.
Workers are making signals more efficient between 59th and 86th streets on the southbound side and will then schedule an additional train along the line.
Straphangers on the No. 4 and 5 lines are some of the least likely to snag a seat, according to a recent Straphangers Campaign report. Nearly 20 million riders used the 86th Street station last year, the 11th busiest stop in the system.
The project is expected to wrap up later this year. If funding is available, the MTA will expand it to the No. 6 line and run it as far as 14th Street.