7 Train Signal Project Nearing Completion

7 Train line riders are all too familiar with the service diversions that have plagued the line for nearly a decade due to a long term signal upgrade. Thankfully I can report that the project is nearing completion as the MTA announced it will be done by the end of this month.

The upgrade will let the agency run 14 additional round trips every day to help ease the chaotic rush hour that currently exists. Jose Martinez of NY1 has more:

For nearly a decade, riders on the 7 line have endured frequent weekend service interruptions in Manhattan and Queens so the MTA could upgrade its signal system. That’s about to change.

The MTA now says the signal work will be completed by the end of November. That will allow 14 additional round trips every day, easing overcrowding during rush hours.

Officials said the additional service will come online in April, just in time to handle a surge of riders when the MTA shuts down the L line between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 15 months of tunnel repairs.

Another influx will come when Amazon locates 25,000 jobs in Long Island City, at a site two blocks from Court Square, which is served by the 7, E, G and M lines.

Announcing the Amazon deal Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged even more transportation upgrades will be needed in the community.

“We have to look at every conceivable way to improve and increase the amount of mass transit available to people in Long Island City,” de Blasio said.

The mayor also said that options include adding a Long Island Rail Road stop in Long Island City, and shuttle bus service to and from the NYC ferries that stop there.

Click here for the complete report.

This project being completed is huge as the constant service diversions on the line made it severely hard to get around whether it was the weekday or weekends. Considering the huge ridership this line gets 7 days a week at all times of the night, anything that will help make the commute better is a good thing.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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