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Express F train service begins its limited run this week

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Four rush hour F trains will run express in Brooklyn starting today

An F train running underground in the NYC subway system. Heather Shimmin/

Two months after the MTA announced that limited F train express service would return, the new service is ready for its debut.

Starting this week, four F trains—two in the morning and two in the afternoon rush hours—will run express between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech, stopping at Seventh Avenue.

Between 7 and 8 a.m., two Manhattan-bound trains will make local stops between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue up to Church Avenue, and then run express to Jay Street-MetroTech. For the afternoon rush between 5 and 6 p.m., two Brooklyn-bound trains will make local stops between Jamaica-179 Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, and then run express to Church Avenue.

According to the MTA, this will save commuters up to seven minutes during their morning commute and up to six minutes on their trip back home in the afternoon. This is the first time since the 1970s that there’s an F train express service.

But some Brooklyn residents are not happy about the move. As the Brooklyn Paper reported in July, more than 650 riders signed a petition started by Council member Brad Lander to oppose the F trains express service as it will skip their stops.

“The MTA’s plan adds no new train service whatsoever,” the petition read. “Instead, it simply eliminates some amount of service during rush hour at six local stations that already experience significant, and at times dangerous, overcrowding.”

There are 26 stations between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and Broadway-Lafayette, which makes the F train route stretch the longest local-only service in the system, the MTA says.