This weekend, Brooklyn commuters into the city had to deal with the F train not stopping at either 14th Street in Manhattan — a high traffic stop — or 23rd Street. While the MTA website announced that these stations would be closed only at night from midnight to 5 a.m. on the weekend of the 11th, that did not actually seem to be the case. On Saturday, at least, the train was skipping both stations during the day, directly contradicting the information on the MTA website.
This is nothing new for commuters living along the F line, including a good portion of Kensington and Prospect Park residents. Throughout the past year there have been multiple weekends where the F line from Church Avenue in Kensington to Brooklyn train hub Jay Street Borough Hall was shut down and a shuttle bus became the only alternative. This option added considerably to the commute and was a burden on both social commuters and weekend workers. It also meant, in winter, huddling at a bus stop in below-freezing temperatures rather than being able to wait in a sheltered subway station. While the interruption this weekend was at least limited to two stations in Manhattan, it is hopefully not a sign of more weekend interruptions to come. While traffic may be lower into the city on weekends, many Brooklyn residents still need to be able to rely on the F train’s service.