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The V Stands Alone

MTA axes weekday only service line



    Tom Llamas gives an update on the fight to save free student metrocards and stop other service cuts. (Published Saturday, March 20, 2010)

    Start saying goodbye to the V train.

    The MTA announced Friday that the 8-year-old subway line will be shut down to help the agency deal with a $400 million budget shortfall.

    The V train cut was part of a list of revised proposals for service changes the agency released yesterday that, while eliminating some programs, gave other critical ones a reprieve, including free student Metrocards. Some bus routes also got spared.

    The MTA board still has to review the new proposals at a meeting next week, but they're expected to approve the plan.

    And that means the death of the V train.

    Service at V train stops will be taken over by the M train, which is having its route redrawn so it can handle the V's riders in Manhattan and Queens. The M train, which has boasted a brown MTA logo for more than three decades, would be remodeled after the orange logo on the V as it assumes the place of the route throughout the city transit world.

    The M train will no longer serve some stops near Wall Street, City Hall and Chinatown. Its part-time service to parts of southern Brooklyn will be eliminated. The New York Times reports that the M would run its normal course from western Queens through Williamsburg, but would take over the V's route and go north to the Forest Hills-71st Avenue stop in Queens.

    The MTA announced the planned cut earlier this year. It would take effect in June. The line was supposed to retain its V designation, but M advocates apparently raged against the MTA for considering eliminating a 30-year-old line -- even in name -- in favor of one that's been around for less than a decade, reports the Times.

    The last time a subway changed the color of its logo was in 2001, when the formerly orange Q train adopted a yellow logo after its course changed from Avenue of the Americas to Broadway, reports the Times