M Train's Riders Look Ahead To Subway Inconveniences
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Brooklyn commuters were already mourning the loss of the M subway line on Wednesday, even though the MTA's approved cuts will not go into effect for several months. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
One commuter in Park Slope, Brooklyn said the M train brings her right to her Manhattan office every morning.
"On a rainy day, I don't have to go outside very much, so I'm going to miss the M train a lot," she said.
The M train is no longer going to come to her stop at Ninth street in Brooklyn, as it replaces the route of the V train, which was eliminated Wednesday as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's budget cuts. As part of the change, M service in southern Brooklyn and lower Manhattan will also be coming to an end.
"No more M? No, we need the M here," said one straphanger.
"I find the M train gets me everywhere, because I can get to the 2, the 3, the A and the C [lines]. Using that line makes it easier to get to the other trains," said another.
Commuters at Ninth Street will still have the R train, but some said the M train just makes their trip easier...
"I've got to take one of the other trains to Canal [Street], then walk about two, three stairs, go down another stairs to make a connection. I mean, come on," said one commuter.
Some said they would take a fare hike over losing the M train service.
"I would, if it is for a good cause, yes I would.... It takes me home," said one rider.
"Yes. If I have to use my car, it is going to cost me more," said another.
Yet others said they already shell out enough for the subway.
"No, I couldn't pay more for that," said one New Yorker.
"Every time we turn around, we lose something and they keep charging us more money," said another.
M train riders are obviously not alone, as the cuts to subway and bus service will affect people all over the city, and thousands of transit users will now have to figure out new ways to get to where they have to go.