NYC commuters laud Second Ave. subway over fast, clean ride
The Second Ave. subway line's 86 Street downtown platform is put to the test on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, for the first business day since it opened.(Marcus Santos/New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:56 PM
No more treks to the jam-packed Lex!
Riders on Tuesday, the first full day of Second Ave. subway service after the holiday, said they were relieved to finally ditch the congested Lexington Ave. line, long walks across avenues to the train and painfully slow crosstown buses for the Q line that is now at their doorstep.
The evening rush hour was mildly marred when signal problems that were spotted around 4:30 p.m. delayed southbound Q trains at the 72nd and 96th Sts. stations. One train was held up for 10 minutes in the tunnel between the 72nd and 86th St. stations until the equipment was fixed, according to an MTA spokeswoman.
Noreen Rizvi, 29, said she had to hoof it 20 minutes to catch the F train at the Lexington Ave.— 63rd St. station.
Now she has a 10-minute walk to catch the Q train from her place on York Ave. and 70th St. Rizvi said she’ll use the extra time to grab coffee in the morning.
“This is awesome. It cuts it like, less than half,” she said.
Zephaniah N., a teacher at Life Sciences Secondary School, located off the subway line’s 96th St. station, was happy to have a less aggravating commute.
“I would have been struggling on the No. 6 train — miserably, absolutely miserably,” Zephaniah said at the 72nd St. station. “I’m feeling very light and airy. I’m happy.”
The Second Ave. subway officially opened to the public at noon Sunday, the day after Gov. Cuomo hosted a New Year’s Eve bash where dignitaries and politicos took the inaugural ride.
On New Year’s Day, the stations opened to the public for 10 hours, between noon and 10 p.m., notching 48,200 MetroCard swipes, according to MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco. She said ridership is expected to increase once straphangers get familiar with the stations and traveling on the Q line.
For its first week, the new stations are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Round-the-clock service starts Jan. 9. Bypassing overnight service in the first week gives crews a chance to fix any escalator and elevator problems that might arise, MTA officials say.
Commuters looked like they were in better spirits than riders usually look elsewhere in the subway system. Some passengers took time out of their trips to check out the murals at the 72nd St. station and snap photos.
Kadeem Reid, 25, was imagining the West Side connections the Second Ave. subway provides him, including catching the L train at Union Square and the F line at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
Zephaniah N., a teacher at Life Sciences Secondary School, expressed she experiences less anxiety commuting amid the first full service day of the Second Ave. subway.(Marcus Santos/New York Daily News)
He said he noticed the trains don’t run as often as other lines at rush hour. The MTA is running Q trains eight minutes apart during the morning rush.
“It does take a little while in between trains, but incredibly convenient,” Reid said.
Beverly Cione said her first commute using the Second Ave. subway to her job at the 92nd St. Y — where she’s worked for 30 years — was her first commute by any train. Before Tuesday, she’d always stuck with the crosstown bus.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cione said while waiting at the 96th St. station. “It’s exciting. Have you ever seen anything so clean in your life? I hope it stays that way.”
Elsewhere in the city, it was a typical Tuesday in the dingy subway, meaning plenty of headaches for rush-hour commuters.
A sick rider on the 1 train at 125th St. around 8:30 a.m. forced two trains full of riders to evacuate. Passengers were booted from the train with the sick rider, and straphangers on the subway behind it had to walk to the first car and exit onto the platform. Local 1 trains ran express from 137th to 96th Sts. until 8:45 a.m., when the line returned to its normal schedule, with delays. Earlier in the morning commute at that station, around 6:40 a.m., a person jumped in front of a train, forcing the 1 to run express from 145th to 96th Sts.
In Brooklyn, 2 and 3 trains were held for an NYPD investigation into a woman spotted walking on the tunnel bench wall.
And across the city in Queens, power was cut to the tracks near the F line’s Jamaica-179th St. station around 7:40 a.m. so EMTs could rescue a train operator who fell from a catwalk, breaking his ankle, according to MTA and union officials. Power was restored an hour later, around 8:40 a.m.
In one frightening incident in Brooklyn, a woman sprayed a mystery substance in a C train at the Rockaway Ave. station in Bedford-Stuyvesant, sending passengers scrambling to leave the car.
No injuries were reported and crews found no odors from the sprayed substance. Out of caution, riders had to leave the train so it could be brought to a yard for investigation, according to the MTA.Send a Letter to the Editor
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