OCT 21, 2016 — Help us show the MTA that its proposed cuts to local F Train service in Brooklyn would harm hundreds of thousands of real people by sharing your testimony. Write a blurb about how the cuts would affect you and send it in to us with a photo of yourself. We are creating a section on this site where we will be sharing these personal stories and we may also include them in our emailed updates.

Please email us at DontCutLocalF@gmail.com


The MTA proposes to decrease local F Train service by 50% during peak hours at the Bergen St, Carroll St, Smith-9 St, 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy stations as part of a plan to revive the F-Express service. These cuts would seriously harm the residents and businesses along this busy subway corridor and are scheduled to be implemented in 2017.

We support reviving the F Express Train—but not at the expense of the many thousands in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, Red Hook, Park Slope, and Windsor Terrace who rely on the F train daily. Some of these stations (Bergen and Carroll St stations) are are among the busiest on the F line. They are already crowded at peak hours and, with large-scale residential developments underway, it promises to get worse. In Gowanus a new 12-story apartment complex alone will soon add 700 market-rate and affordable rental units just two blocks from the Carroll St. station. Then there is the fact that cuts to the local F will further isolate the already under-served neighborhoods of Red Hook and the Columbia Waterfront. Red Hook is home to the 2nd largest public housing development in NYC and the Smith-9 St station is the sole subway link for those residents. These cuts will be a big blow.


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams condemned the proposal, both because it lacked public transparency and because it “seeks to pit Brooklynites against each other.”


Council Members Brad Lander and Steven Levin; State Senators Daniel Squadron, Jesse Hamilton, Velmanette Montgomery, and Kevin S. Parker; and State Assembly member Jo Anne Simon released a statement on May 17, 2016: “We made clear from the start that we could only support an F-Express if overall service was increased on the F line and riders at local stops were not harmed[…]The MTA’s own report shows that the total number of riders who will suffer under this proposal is actually greater than the number of riders who will benefit.”

Read their statement here


On July 6, citing escalating communication from worried constituents, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and Assembly Member James Brennan released a joint statement calling out the dangers of the proposed cuts to local F Train service in Brooklyn and stating that the MTA has refused to meet with them regarding the issue. “The MTA’s so-called “F Express” proposal harms more F riders than it helps. It adds no service to the line. Instead, it simply pits Brooklyn residents against each other, creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ without sufficient information or dialogue,” it says.


On the same day, these officials created a collaborative petition, demanding that the MTA provide them with a revised F Train plan that doesn’t harm local riders. The DontCutLocalF group was consulted about the petition and threw its support behind it. We believe joining forces with our representatives will make sure the MTA hears loud and clear: Don’t Cut Local F Train Service in Brooklyn!


Read the statement and sign their petition.


According to the MTA’s own report F Train ridership growth has been the most at the stations between Church Av and Bergen St, these areas have substantially higher populations, and the city projects continued concentration of growth there. The recommendation to implement a plan that cuts train service where it’s needed most defies logic.


Read the MTA report here (iPhone users open in iBooks to view relevant highlights)


We petition the MTA Board to reject these harmful cuts to local F Train service in Brooklyn. Improving service doesn’t mean creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ during our commute, it means improving it for everyone.