The MTA will shorten construction hours on the Brooklyn-bound Q line on Friday afternoons to ease the commute home for Shabbos-observing residents of southern Brooklyn, Councilman David Greenfield announced Tuesday.
The trains were supposed to run express on Fridays from 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until March to accommodate necessary work along the track. Greenfield said that when he was alerted to this he realized that would have meant the train service would skip over many popular stops in Midwood on a short Friday afternoon.
At Greenfield’s request, the MTA agreed to end construction, and express-only service at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays until the completion of the job in March 2015.
“Our subway lines in Southern Brooklyn desperately need improving, but we have to do it in a way that is mindful of the constituency being served,” Greenfield said. “With Shabbos starting as early as 4:11 pm, we don’t want to add any more time to the Friday commute. As it is, it’s difficult for many employees to leave work early.”