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Ahead of announcements on new cuts, hearing dates set

by Benjamin Kabak

Later this afternoon, the MTA will unveil its reconfigured slate of service cuts. We’ve been waiting on these cuts for a while, and as news has trickled in, we know, for example, that express buses will be axed and that the V will run along the M line via the Chrystie St. Cut. I’ll have a full report later, but Michael Grynbaum previews the new plan. Generally, the overnight bus routes through Central Park will be spared and so will the Z train. The W will be eliminated, and off-peak trains will run less frequently.

Meanwhile, as the MTA begins the politically wrangling over its funding, the authority has set dates for hearings on the service cuts, Heather Haddon reported late last night. Unfortunately, the agency is planning on holding two hearings a day so not all officials can attend each session. On March 1, Westchester and Long Island will host their hearings. On March 2, the show moves to Queens and Staten Island. The Bronx and Brooklyn will get the full MTA treatment on March 3, and the traveling circus closes up show on March 4 in Manhattan and Rockland County.

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Marc Shepherd January 22, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I know that this site focuses mostly on the subway, but two particularly Draconian LIRR cuts are worth noting.

The Greenport branch of the LIRR will completely lose service, except for summer weekends. And the Atlantic Avenue branch completely will lose late-night service.

Jerrold January 22, 2010 - 7:43 pm

Notice how they spend a great deal of money to extensively renovate Grand Central, and to build a completely new Brooklyn terminal for the LIRR, and then they decide that these terminals don’t need to have 24-hour service.
The old Penn station was destroyed and then replaced with that underground “dungeon”, but Penn Station IS open 24 hours.

Jerrold January 22, 2010 - 8:00 pm

I forgot to add the the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which dates from 1950 except for the North Wing, is also open 24 hours.

Jerrold January 22, 2010 - 7:37 pm

About the M8:

They have to be crazy to abolish ANY crosstown bus service, even on the weekend.
Crosstown buses run on routes that are NOT “duplicated” by subways.
Why don’t they combine the M20 and M10 into ONE bus route, like it WAS for all of those years, and let ALL of the crosstown buses run seven days?

Jerrold January 23, 2010 - 10:32 am

[I realize now that these messages really belonged on the other thread. I will put them there now.]


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