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W train returns in November as Second Avenue subway tests go down to the wire

NEW YORK — Subway riders can catch the W Train again from Astoria to Lower Manhattan beginning Monday, November 7.

The MTA promised to restore W train service in order to replace the Q train which would no longer be running in Queens. The Q will run along the new Second Avenue Subway line in Manhattan to Coney Island.

An opening date for that line has not been determined. The latest MTA Board documents indicate the target remains a December 2016 opening.

But the agency needs to step up the completion of certain tests.

• W trains will make all local stops from Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to Whitehall St via the Broadway Line. No service on weekends or late night. The W line would replace the Q line in Queens.
• The Q line will temporarily terminate at 57th St-7 Ave until the Second Avenue subway is completed.
• After completion, Q trains will go from 96 St in Manhattan to Coney Island-Stillwell Av in Brooklyn, stopping at: 86 St, 72 St, Lexington Av/63 St, 57 St/7 Av and all express stops on the Broadway Line in Manhattan. During late nights, the Q will run local between Brooklyn and Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge. Service in Brooklyn remains the same.
• N trains will run express into Manhattan from 34th St-Herald Square to Canal Street. Service in Brooklyn and Queens will be the same.
• R service will be unchanged.