5 Train Midday Service Officially Extended To Brooklyn

As longtime subway riders know, The 5 Train train would terminate at Bowling Green during the midday service hours as compared to its Flatbush Ave terminal during rush hour. However last fall, MTA NYC Transit launched a pilot program which extended midday 5 Train train service to its rush hour terminal. Due to the success of the pilot program, the agency has announced it will officially extend midday service to Brooklyn. Here are the complete details in a press release sent to me a couple of days ago:

As a result of positive results from a pilot run last fall, MTA NYC Transit announced an extension of weekday midday 5 service to Brooklyn. The “Midday Pilot” provided more consistent service not only along the 5 route but on the 23 and 4 as well.

Prior to June 29, rush hour 5 service operated to and from Brooklyn, but midday 5 service, between approximately 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., operated between Eastchester-Dyre Avenue and Bowling Green in Manhattan. This left only the 2 trains serving Brooklyn College –Flatbush Avenue during those hours. Also, midday 5 trains terminating at Bowling Green created a bottleneck that impeded the smooth operation of 4 trains to and from Crown Heights-Utica Avenue in Brooklyn.

Now riders will have a more consistent service pattern all day to Brooklyn College-Flatbush Avenue on the 25 lines and experience less crowding and more reliable service on 45 lines traveling to Brooklyn during the midday.

This is good news for a lot of customers. I & many others for years felt the 5 Train was useless during the midday due to its Bowling Green terminal. The station is not suitable for a terminal, the service pattern did not help the majority of customers, & it caused too many bottlenecks on the 4 Train. Now all of those problems are solved with this long overdue solution.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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