During this widespread recession, New Yorkers everywhere have tried to save on their daily commutes by relying heavily on public transportation. For us residents of Lower Manhattan, specifically Battery Park City, our commute just got crappier. On June 27, the transit changes go into effect which include the loss of key subway and bus lines in the downtown area. The W train, which directly served the Battery Park City community will stop it’s regular service on Friday, June 25th. It’s all a wee bit ironic, considering the state could be considered biting the hand that fed them some much needed financial infusion for their large budget gap.
The most contested transit change, the elination of the M22 was saved at the 11th hour. Saving an important route that served both the BPC and LES communities.
So what other changes will effect our area? We seek to list out some of the major changes and how many people will be affected by these changes:
Trains by Station:
1/9 – The 1 line will continue to have interrupted service on the weekends to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs.
W– Completely eliminated.
R-Â The R will replace the stops serviced by the defunct W line.
4/5/6– Unaffected. Service as usual to Fulton St., Wall St., Whitehall and Bowling Green stops.
A/C/E-Â The A/E will continue to have interrupted service on Sundays to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs.
J/M/Z– Reduced train frequencies on the weekends to accommodate the construction of the South Ferry/Fulton Street transit hubs.
M22- Weekend and Overnight service will be shortened.
M20- Service will be restructured and is TBD. Weekday and Weekend service will be shortened.
M9 – Service will be restructured and is TBD
Express Bus Routes:
X25 – Total Elimination (Route served Grand Central to Lower Manhattan)
X20-Â Total Elimination (Lower Manhattan to Staten Island)
X18– Total Elimination (Lower Manhattan to Staten Island)
X16– Total Elimination (Lower Manhattan to Staten Island)
X90– Total Elimination (Lower Manhattan to Yorkville)
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Battery Park City is a wonderful place to live–except when they take away key services like the W train and the M9 bus. The M9 was a link to being able to go out by myself at night and feel completely safe coming home late. What a shame that we, who do not have all the amenities of the rest of NYC, are cut off from the few things that made life here a bit easier.
I’m actually really surprised more people in our neighborhood aren’t irate at the loss of the M9 bus. It was our only direct route to the Lower East Side area. I’m absolutely with you on this one.
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