To the Editor:
I raised the issue of the Island’s frequent troubles with F train service with RIOC President Susan Rosenthal in an effort to press the MTA to do something for us. She met with high-level MTA officials to be told that there are no more delays on the F train than on any other trains. It appears there is some sort of a normalcy in the dysfunction.
The RIRA Planning Committee has, therefore, decided to take up the issue and gather data on the number of F train delays and cancellations of stops at Roosevelt Island over the past year. We trust this will give us ammunition when we return to the issue. We are also considering a petition to enhance service on the F line.
You may be aware that Long Island Rail Road riders will benefit from a 25 percent reduced fare over the summer as a result of the service disruptions for construction and maintenance. That is something to think about. How much disruption is acceptable and how much could/should lead to some sort of compensation?
Fortunately, we will soon have additional public means of transportation. I was assured by the RIOC president that the upcoming ferry service would be operational, as planned, by September. The ferry landing should be completed by August. Council Member Ben Kallos is working on getting the budget for a few Citi Bike stations on the Island. Hopefully these both should leave a little more space and less of the unacceptable wait for parents with strollers and kids on the subway.
RIRA Planning Committee Chair