Perhaps in an attempt to distract disgruntled riders from looming shutdowns and never-ending delays, the MTA has released a new subway map that features stations along phase one of the Second Avenue line and the reinstated W line to Astoria. The former isn’t planned to open until December (which, as Gothamist notes, we’ll believe when we see) and the latter November, but if you were stuck on a sweaty platform this morning, this eye candy is surely a welcome treat.
The map was included in the MTA’s minutes from Wednesday’s Board meeting (read the full document here), where they officially approved the W train restoration. The line was taken out of service in 2010 due to budget cuts, but was brought back to life recently as a way to better connect Astoria residents who have a lack of transportation options. The first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will extend the Q train up from 63rd Street to 96th Street. It’s expected to carry 200,000 riders a day, but NY Mag points out that the Q service won’t actually be increased, so this influx of people will be added to already crowded cars.
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