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More buses and subway trains will be rolled out this year in Queens to deal with increased ridership demands, the MTA announced on Monday.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford said on May 20 that the adjustments are part of ongoing efforts to accommodate changes in ridership and reduce crowding and wait times at bus and subway stops at certain times.

“We’re thrilled to add some additional service for subway and bus riders, and much bigger improvements are on the horizon,” Byford said. “We regularly tweak schedules based on changes in demand and operating conditions, and the comprehensive plan I’m announcing this week will outline the path towards even more significant improvements to service that will be felt by all of our customers.”

The added buses in Queens will join the regular fleet on the weekends starting in July, and the following routes will be affected:

  • Saturday service on the Q6 (Jamaica-JFK Airport via Sutphin Boulevard) will increase throughout the entire day.
  • Saturday service on the Q8 (Jamaica-Spring Creek via 101st Avenue) will increase in midday, afternoon and evening periods.
  • Saturday service on the Q29 (Glendale-Jackson Heights) will increase in the afternoon period, but decrease in the morning period.
  • Saturday service on the Q47 (Glendale-LaGuardia Airport) will increase throughout the entire day.
  • Saturday service on the Q49 (East Elmhurst-Jackson Heights via 35th Avenue) will increase in the morning, afternoon and evening periods.
  • Saturday service on the Q101 (East Midtown-Astoria via Steinway Street) will increase in the midday and afternoon periods.
  • Sunday service on the Q65 (College Point-Jamaica via College Point Boulevard and 164th Street) will increase throughout the day.

Changes to the E and F trains should also help some Queens residents travel more efficiently and will go into effect in November:

  • Three additional Manhattan-bound E trains on weekdays between approximately 10:30 a.m. and noon
  • One additional Jamaica-bound F train on weekdays between approximately 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Two additional Brooklyn-bound F trains on weekdays between approximately 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • One additional Brooklyn-bound F train on weekdays between approximately 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Two additional Brooklyn-bound F trains on weekdays between approximately 8 and 10 p.m.

All the additional trains will make round trips, meaning that there will be added trips in the opposite directions as well, according to the announcement.

The changes come as the MTA is in the process of redesigning the entire bus route system as part of its NYC Transit Bus Plan, and Byford plans to make an announcement on May 23 about a comprehensive plan to improve all aspects of NYC Transit.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. May 25, 2018 / 05:31PM
Off-peak ridership goes up in the entire MTA system, especially for subways and buses while peak ridership goes down.
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Lydia Hinton May 22, 2018 / 12:32PM
Thanks for the update... Queens needs......new construction, additional ridership and travel from LGA/JFK thru Sutphin Blvd ;this great news
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