Join Brooklyn Elected Officials and Neighbors. Support F Train Service that Works for All!

We are outraged by the MTA’s treatment of Brooklyn straphangers on the F line.

The MTA’s so-called “F Express” proposal harms more F riders than it helps. It adds no service to the line. Instead, it simply pits Brooklyn residents against each other, creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ without sufficient information or dialogue.

Winners don’t really win: With irregular service times alternating between express and locals trains, riders can’t count on a meaningful change to their commute. They will still have to set their alarms and leave their homes at the same time as they do now.

Losers lose big: The MTA’s proposal would eliminate half the trains from the 6 local stations between Church Avenue and Jay Street/MetroTech. The result: long wait times and severely increased crowding at the fastest-growing stations.  

And now, they won’t even meet with us: The announcement of this proposal blindsided our communities. Now, despite a sworn promise to the contrary, the MTA refuses to even schedule a meeting to hear the concerns the community has raised. The total lack of response is completely unacceptable.

We refuse to accept the MTA’s current proposal as a done deal. We urge the MTA to not implement “F Express” service until a new plan to improve service on the F line for all riders, at local and express stops has been thoroughly vetted by the community.

We join our elected officials, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and Assembly Member James Brennan in demanding a plan to improve the F line in Brooklyn that doesn’t compromise riders on local stops and pit communities against one another.

We don’t want winners and losers. We don’t want F service that’s even less dependable than now.

We want improvements to the F line that work for all of us.

More about the MTA’s current proposal:

  • The proposal does not add any service to the F line, despite increased “F Express” track capacity.
  • Instead, it simply eliminates half the trains at 6 stations (Bergen St, Carroll St, Smith/9th St, 4th Ave/9th St, 15th St, and Ft. Hamilton Parkway). Trains will come 4-5 minutes less often (when they are on schedule). 
  • The MTA’s own report shows that the total number of riders who will suffer under this proposal (52%) is actually greater than the number of riders who will benefit (48%).  
  • That gap will grow larger over time. Ridership growth has been highest at the local stations between Church Av and Bergen St (66%). Growth at express stops (i.e., Church Av and 7 Av) was 34%. Meanwhile, ridership growth at stations south of Church Av, both express and local stops, has been considerably lower (18% and 15% respectively).
  • The “winners” don’t even really win. The MTA’s analysis of travel times shows that express riders during the AM peak hour would save on average 3.4 minutes due to faster running times. But in actuality, half the time these riders will save about 7 minutes, and half the time they’ll save nothing. With only 58% of trains operating on time, there’s no way to predict which is which. Even express stop riders will still have to set their alarm for the same time.
  • The proposal would severely exacerbate station congestion and travel delays. Riders at the Bergen and Carroll Stations will lose more travel time than riders at any single express stop will gain.
  • At Bergen Street, the MTA’s report predicts a nightmarish crowd, with a wait nearly five times longer for commuters trying to exit the Warren Street stairwell during the evening rush hour.
  • The MTA did not conduct real community engagement before it released its report.
  • Despite committing to do so in sworn testimony before the City Council, the MTA is now refusing to even schedule a meeting with the public about the proposal … or even with those elected to represent them.

Join Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and Assembly Member James Brennan.

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  • signed 2017-06-20 12:28:38 -0400
    I live next to the 15th St/PPW station and this is my primary mode of transportation.
  • signed 2017-04-13 12:36:37 -0400
  • signed 2017-04-13 12:30:04 -0400
    Don’t sacrifice one group of commuters for the supposed good of the other group.
  • signed 2017-04-11 22:57:44 -0400
  • signed 2017-04-11 13:51:02 -0400
    Peak time overcrowding on F trains is already problematic.
  • signed 2017-04-11 10:57:44 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-24 10:43:52 -0400
    Sheryl Eisenberg
  • signed 2017-03-24 10:34:14 -0400
    Thank you for leading the charge on this issue. I have lived in Park Slope for more than 20 years, and I can’t remember a single year when there was reliable service on weekends and at late hours, when the trains were clean, when route changes were announced in a way that allowed for alternative planning. It’s become so hard to get around on weekends that I avoid Manhattan altogether on Sat-Sun. Also, why has the MTA found it impossible to provide basic fans and air circulation on platforms that make the long wait on overheated, smelly platforms during the summer months less dangerous, more tolerable? Brad, if you could lead the charge on that issue as well, you would have thousands of grateful voters throughout all the boroughs. Thanks for what you do on our behalf.
  • signed 2017-03-23 23:46:09 -0400
    Halving the number of trains in this high ridership area is sheer idiocy.
  • signed 2017-03-23 11:28:44 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-13 23:03:02 -0400
    Increased train service with express lines would be awesome, but decreasing some service to create express trains doesn’t make sense. I support the petition.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-10 09:20:21 -0500
    Tell the MTA we need F Train service that works for all:
  • signed 2017-03-10 09:19:09 -0500
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-03 13:54:27 -0500
    Tell the MTA we need F Train service that works for all:
  • signed 2017-02-03 13:53:38 -0500
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  • signed 2017-01-27 16:44:05 -0500
    I am highly against the proposed cut brought by the MTA. Their analysis on how the cut will benefit riders is just a theory. I ride the train every day during the a.m hours and I see it over crowded with riders on the train as well as trying to get off it, espically at the stations they are considering to effect. This will cause major issues for working families who rely on one of the stations to get to work after dropping off their children at schools. The MTA should reconsider their proposal for they have to actually see how their riders being over crowded in a already crowded train. I take the train even on the weekends and see that alot of people get off and on at these stations. These stations are at the epicenter of working families and this will just cause further delays. I ask on the behalf of my family and those who are unaware about this proposal, DO NOT TOUCH OUR F TRAIN!
  • signed 2017-01-27 09:24:37 -0500
    The platforms are quickly becoming overcrowded and dangerous during rush hour commuting.
  • signed 2017-01-26 09:23:51 -0500
    I can’t imagine more crowded F trains – I already suffer anxiety on a morning commute. Let’s not make this worse!