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V train finds its identity after six years

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V train finds its identity after six years

Six years after the V train went into service, many straphangers remain unimpressed, roasting its much-maligned local service.

 

But the V line, amNewYork found in interviews recently, has attracted its share of admirers, who happily trade speed for a guaranteed seat.

 

The V line began running on Dec. 17, 2001, from Forest Hills, Queens to Second Avenue, Manhattan to relieve the crowded E and F lines. But plenty of riders are content to keep cramming into the E and F trains, and the V remains the emptiest train -- at 49 percent capacity -- during peak hours in the transit system. The E, meanwhile, is still bursting with riders during those hours.

 

Full story: amny_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - December 30, 2007

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The (V) was pointless at first and still looks pointless to many. But its pretty good sometimes. Once it goes south 2nd Ave one of these days, then pppl will appreciate it alot more.

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Its a Local (F)...and a train for people who are sick of the crush loaded (E)(F) lines and would rather be late for work than stand up all the way to their destination

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But either way, if the (V) keeps up with the (F) on the Queens Blvd line, it can catch up or get right ahead of the (F)! And this happens alot, where an (F) and (V) leaves the Forest Hills stop at the same time and then (V) ends up behind the (F) because the 63rd Street line slows down the (F) and the (V) races on the 53rd Street line.

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I do not understand why people call the V pointless and continue to cram themselves into the E train. It only takes 5 minutes extra on the Queens Boulevard line (based in firsthand experience) and you're guaranteed a seat. A lot of people don't take it because it's a local...I mean come on! It's only 10 more minutes if you get on at Forest Hills and compare that to the E train!

 

It's not even the fact that the V doesn't go where people want it to go. It services Lexington Avenue - 53rd Street, and basically at least a fifth of the people inside the E train get off there. (Of course, more people get on but you get my point!)

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I do not understand why people call the V pointless and continue to cram themselves into the E train. It only takes 5 minutes extra on the Queens Boulevard line (based in firsthand experience) and you're guaranteed a seat. A lot of people don't take it because it's a local...I mean come on! It's only 10 more minutes if you get on at Forest Hills and compare that to the E train!

 

It's not even the fact that the V doesn't go where people want it to go. It services Lexington Avenue - 53rd Street, and basically at least a fifth of the people inside the E train get off there. (Of course, more people get on but you get my point!)

 

Because that's they way people are. Get up 15 min earlier to get that V train and a nearly guaranteed seat. No to hard to do. But still they rather take the sardine packed express ride, and then complain about a train that basically goes the same way as an empty local.

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A co-worker of mine takes the (6) three stops downtown (instead of taking it uptown to 34th Street) to Bleecker Street to connect at Bway/Lafayette to catch a pretty empty (D) and head all the way up to the Bronx from there. All this just for a seat.

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Its because people are sold on the fact that express trains are gonna save them this great amount time....when in all reality its saving them 10 minutes tops.....so being that the (V) isn't express... people find it to be useless which isn't the case...

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The (V) was pointless at first and still looks pointless to many. But its pretty good sometimes. Once it goes south 2nd Ave one of these days, then pppl will appreciate it alot more.

 

 

Very True Pablo. If and when the (V) is extended via Rutgers St to Brooklyn, Ridership should ( will) definitely increase automatically.

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V train finds its identity after six years

 

 

Full story: amny_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - December 30, 2007

i only like the V because its more reliable than the R so then i can get to roosevelt faster and transfer for my Excellent Express

 

im not a big fan of locals, their too slow in my opinion.

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i only like the V because its more reliable than the R so then i can get to roosevelt faster and transfer for my Excellent Express

 

im not a big fan of locals, their too slow in my opinion.

Don't you mean the Excellent Local that basically turns local at the next stop from Roosevelt? Once at Queens Plaza, it makes every stop on its way. Or if you're on the (R), you might just wanna stick with that instead of making so many transfers that would just get you to your destinations even later......

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im not a big fan of locals, their too slow in my opinion.

 

Your signature says otherwise. It looks like you're a big fan of the locals. Nice set of locals you got going there.:P

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Your signature says otherwise. It looks like you're a big fan of the locals. Nice set of locals you got going there.:P

errOWN3D!

 

The 8th Ave line is what makes the (E) damn good. Take that over the (A) sometimes!

w00t! for those fast locals!

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I haven't used the (V) too much but in the time I have used it, its mostly because the (F) is either packed or the (V) shows up first. They really do need to do something with the (V) to make it more unique.

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They really do need to do something with the (V) to make it more unique.

 

Isn't it being a NYC subway train route, with seats during the rush hour unique?

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