W Subway Train Coming Back: MTA

The W train is returning to Queens. 

The subway line would effectively replace the Q train and run between Astoria and lower Manhattan. 

The Q could then be used to serve the new Second Avenue subway between 63rd and 96th streets when it opens later this year.

"Adding the W line to the system will provide more choices to Queens and Manhattan customers who use the Broadway N, Q, R lines, as well as allow New York City Transit to prepare for a seamless transition and connection of service between those lines and the Second Avenue subway," the MTA said in a press release. 

Cost for the service changes is estimated at $13.7 million a year, which has been incorporated into NYC Transit's approved budget. A public hearing will be held in the spring in order to implement it by fall.  

The W ran from July 2001 through June 2010. It was eliminated as part of the MTA's service cuts during the global economic downturn. 

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