Sign at the Willets Point-Shea Stadium station; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit
Yesterday the MTA made an announcement that will have many New York Mets fans smiling from ear to ear. At the City Council Transportation Committee hearing, New York City Transit Senior Director of Operations Analysis Larry Gould had plenty to say about the “Mets Express” that served as an experiment last year after weeknight home games. Here is what he said:
The express, most people would say it has been a success. I mean, we learned some things, as to how exactly when to start it, relative to the end of a game and such. But about 70 or 80 percent of the customers chose the express. And so the odds are that experiment will continue.”
He also went on to say that the MTA will consider adding weekend express service after games. However amidst all of this great news, Flushing Democrat City Councilman John Liu, who happens to be the chairman of the Transportation Committee, chimed in with a request. He requested the MTA look into adding express service for patrons of the U.S. Open. He stated, “I would just encourage you to take a look at the Mets experience. It’s not that difficult to make the leap to the U.S. Open matches.” Mr. Gould said the MTA would look into the option.
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