NY1 has learned that the W train will make its triumphant return on Monday, November 7th. The line was taken out of service in 2010, along with the V train, due to MTA budget cuts, but the idea to revive the line came about last summer as a way to better connect Astoria when the Q train is rerouted once the Second Avenue Subway opens. As Curbed notes, at first it will operate between 57th Street and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan, but will eventually extend to Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard.
The MTA’s future subway map showing phase one of the Second Avenue Subway and the reinstated W line
The MTA approved restored W train service at their May board meeting, despite the fact that taking it and the V out of commission saved them $3.4 million a year. As 6sqft previously reported, reviving the line should be relatively simple, as the stations are still in use for the N, Q, and R trains. The announcement also coincides with final testing of the Second Avenue Subway, as phase one–the 72nd, 86th and 96th Street stations–is expected to open by the end of the year.
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