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Increased service on W train for summer

Some Astoria subway riders will have an easier commute into the Manhattan with increased service on the W subway line in effect during the summer.
The increased service will feature decreased wait times from 10 minutes to eight minutes during the morning rush hour from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. In addition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will also extend weekday services hours by closing at 11 p.m. rather than the previous 9:30 p.m. closing time.
“We have requested expanded service for the W lines for several years now,” said Queens Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, who represents the area. “The W line is repeatedly rated as one of the worst lines in the city every year.”
Prior to the expansion, the Straphangers Campaign, a public research group that rates the service of all the subway lines, released a report that had the W train tied for the worst service in the city with the C line.
According to the report, the W line had the least amount of daytime service, does not run at night and of all the subway lines, riders had one of the least chances of finding a seat than on any other subway line.
“With the growing population there was a lot of frustration, the expansion was necessary,” said Gianaris. “To be able to commute faster and easier is a good thing.”
The extended service is in effect now, but it is still unknown if the service will continue to be extended after the summer.

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