Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Second Avenue Local

Say hello to the New Q Train . . .
the Second Avenue/Broadway Express/Brighton Local

The full schedule is available on this download link:
Q Line Subway Timetable (PDF) | effective January 1, 2017

Q trains will operate between Coney Island-Stillwell Av, Brooklyn, and 96 St/
Second Av, Manhattan, at all times.

In Manhattan, Q service operates on Second Av stopping at 96 St, 86 St, 72 St, then Lexington Av/63 St, and 57 St/7 Av. Q service runs express on Broadway (except late nights), stopping at 42 St-Times Sq, 34 St-Herald Sq, 14 St-Union Sq, and Canal St.

Late nights, the Q runs local between 96 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Av via the Manhattan Bridge.

Second Avenue service

Starting on January 1, 2017 Q trains will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and every six minutes during peak hours.

Starting on Monday, January 9, 2017,  Q trains will begin operating in full service, which includes overnight service.

Notable points from the new Q Line timetable

Scheduled travel time from 96th St to . . . (at 7 am on weekdays)

   63rd St/Lexington Av | 6 mins

   58th St/7th Av | 9 mins

   34th St Herald Sq | 13 mins

   Canal St | 20 mins

   Atlantic Av (Brooklyn) | 29 mins

   Coney Island-Stillwell Av | 1 hr 4 mins

Oddly the strip map in the Q Line timetable does not list the new stations at 96th St, 86th St, and 72nd St as accessible stations. Either this is just an oversight or the new elevators are not yet ready. I guess we'll find out on January 1st.  (Update: The timetable was corrected on December 30th. The elevators were in fact working when revenue service started on January 1, 2017.)

A footnote:
As I write this posting it is hard for me to imagine that the countdown clock on this blog (which I posted here over three years ago) now says that we have just 2 days to go until the Start of Revenue Service. It really only seems like yesterday that I posted my first set of images of the construction of Second Avenue... back on April 14, 2007.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend Governor Cuomo's Ceremonial Ride on New Years Eve (I haven't been invited) or the Start of Revenue Service on January 1st (we have guests visiting).

I will post a set of images of the new stations in the next week or so and then I plan to wrap up this project with a retrospective posting that looks back at the past ten years.

I will leave Phase 2, 3 and 4 of this project to someone else.

Ben Heckscher

Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

"A Long Wait for the Second Avenue Subway, but Worth It"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times | December 28, 2016

"Gov. Cuomo to take inaugural ride of Second Ave. subway on New Year's Eve"
By Dan Rivoli | Daily News | December 27, 2016

"Transit fans tour the spanking new 2nd Ave subway station before official Jan. 1 opening"
By Dan Rivoli | Daily News | December 22, 2016

"Inside the new Second Avenue Subway"
By Danielle Furfaro | NY Post | December 22, 2016

Images: 96th Street Station
Office of Gov. Cuomo | December 22, 2016

"Ghost tunnel under Central Park will reopen along with Second Avenue Subway"
By Diane Pham | 6sqft | December 22, 2016

"When Manhattan Had Elevated Trains"
By Vincent Valk | The Atlantic | December 22, 2016

"Second Avenue subway cost concerns transit experts"
By Vincent Barone | amNY | December 22, 2016

"A Brief History Of The Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway"
By Rebecca Fishbein | Gothamist | December 21, 2016

Press Release: Second Avenue Subway to Open On-Time
Press Release from the MTA | December 19, 2016

The Art of the Second Avenue Subway
Office of Gov Cuomo | December 19, 2016

"2nd Avenue Subway Will Open on New Year’s Day, M.T.A. Says"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times | December 19, 2016

"Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times | December 19, 2016


Anonymous said...

Thanks for blogging! I've been a follower for years and enjoyed the unique coverage of the construction you have provided.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is awesome and informative :) ; I have been following for years, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the 2nd ave subway become a reality; through your coverage of thee actual 2nd ave subway LoL. As a fellow New Yorker this has been an awesome moment to experience for the transit history books!