Transit Late-night R train service from Bay Ridge to Manhattan to be extended, MTA says Late night R train service will be extended into Manhattan, the MTA said. Photo Credit: MTA via Flickr (CC BY-SA) By Vincent Barone firstname.lastname@example.org June 16, 2016 5:28 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Late night commuters in Bay Ridge will soon have a one-seat subway ride into Manhattan. The MTA announced Thursday that it’s planning to extend R train service from Bay Ridge to Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan from midnight to 6 a.m. The move will add redundancy in the MTA network, providing an alternative to the N and D trains in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Boerum Hill and Brooklyn Heights neighborhoods. recommended reading New MTA map shows Second Avenue line, W train “We always want to better serve our customers by strengthening service whenever we have sustainable resources to do so,” said MTA New York City Transit President Veronique Hakim in a statement. “This added service will provide off-peak customers with additional travel options and add seamless connectivity to vital transit hubs in Brooklyn.” The extension will launch in the fall, requiring the employment of two additional R trains, according to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. Currently, there are about 1,900 late night riders who use the MTA’s R train shuttle from Sunset Park to Bay Ridge, between the 95th Street and 36th Street stations. Almost all of those riders, about 1,800, currently transfer to either the N or the D to get to their destinations. “I think it’s a great thing for R train riders,” said MTA Board Member Andrew Albert. “This restores a one seat ride for a lot of folks.” Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 19,000 late night riders use the MTA's R train shuttle from Sunset Park to Bay Ridge and that 18,000 riders transfer to the N or D trains. By Vincent Barone email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.