The return of the W: We have a date

We knew it was coming. And now we have the exact date.

The W train rides again on Nov. 7, the MTA confirmed.

A victim of budget cuts in 2010, the W is being restored this fall in anticipation of the opening of the first phase of the Second Avenue subway later this year.

The W will run local between downtown Manhattan and Astoria, Queens — from Whitehall Street to Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard stations.

The route will supplant the Q train, which will cease service to Queens. The Q will be rerouted from its 57th Street station up to Second Avenue’s new 96th Street station, once it opens. In the meantime, Q trains will terminate at 57th Street.

With the return of the W, the MTA will be able to run express N trains through Manhattan on weekdays, during peak hours, midday and evenings.

Transit experts have hailed the return of the W as the most sensible approach to serve the Queens community after the Q train moves from its outer-borough terminus.


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