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Photo: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit
Photo: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit
MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford and Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer were on hand at the Fresh Pond Road station on April 30 to welcome customers back to a fully restored M train line.

Updated on April 30 at 3:30 p.m.

The Monday morning commute was much easier for Ridgewood and Middle Village residents on April 30 when the M train officially restored full service to the line that had been under construction for 10 months.

The MTA announced on April 27 that the project was completed on time and on budget, a welcomed scenario from a community that has experienced delays on other transportation projects as of late. NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in the press release that the tracks are not only reinforced, they have many improved features that will benefit the community.

“It is imperative that M train service operates as efficiently as possible for all our customers who rely on it,” Byford said. “When we couple the long-term fortification work on this line with the smoother ride and quieter tracks, we can be sure we’re on our way to building the world-class transit system we’ve pledged to deliver. I’m very proud of my team for completing this job safely, on time and on budget.”

The $163 million budget included the replacement of the Fresh Pond Bridge and the Myrtle Viaduct, both of which were more than 100 years old. Specifically, the Fresh Pond Bridge was rebuilt with 65 feet of new structure and 600 feet of new track and third rail. The Myrtle Viaduct was reconstructed as a 310-foot concrete structure with low vibration tracks to reduce noise, 700 feet of new third rail, newly engineered track ties for over 400 feet of track and replacement of all local signal equipment and cables.

Joseph Lhota, chairman of the MTA, added that the completion of the project is another step in fixing the aging subway system that “we promised to modernize.”

“Completing this project on time and on budget was critical to show how serious we are about minimizing impacts on our customers as we perform this important work,” Lhota said. “This is a major win for our customers and the surrounding community.”

At around 8:45 a.m. on April 30, Byford boarded an M train at the Fresh Pond Road Station in Ridgewood after spending time greeting commuters with members of Community Board 5, Councilman Robert Holden and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. They joined the 60,000 riders who use the train on a daily basis during the week who can now have a straight line from Queens into Manhattan once again.

The celebration was short lived, however, when the NYC Transit Subway account on Twitter released a statement at 12:24 p.m. that said M train service was halted in both directions between Manhattan and Middle Village due to signal problems at Myrtle Avenue.

 

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. May 05, 2018 / 06:05PM
One of the most rarest things that the MTA has ever done in the 50 years they are existed.
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