1, 7 and J lines tabbed for expanded summer serviceBy
As the MTA looks to expand its subway service offerings to better align with customer demand, three subway lines will be enjoying additional service increases come the Summer of 2013. According to Transit, the 1, 7 and J lines will see off-peak service increases with six additional round trips on the 1, 13 new round trips on the 7 and three on the Z. The new service will cost $2 million annually and are in addition to the recent slate of service increases the MTA announced earlier this fall.
Essentially, these changes are in response to demand and load guidelines that the MTA sets for itself. One of the lesser reported elements of the 2010 service cuts included an increase in load guidelines. Thus a train is no longer considered at capacity until all seats are taken and a quarter of riders are standing. Were the MTA to reduce these load guidelines, more routes will be eligible for these service increases. Instead, the trains simply remain somewhat more crowded, and off-peak riders on the 1, 7 and J will benefit in a few seasons.