New Study Finds Most Crowded Part of L Train, F Train

01/09/2012 3:33 PM |

Is this a rear car or a front car?
  • Is this a rear car or a front car?

L and F trains are most crowded in their front cars, a new survey by the MTA found, the Daily News reports. The study confirms what everyone who has ever rode an F or L train at rush hour already knew. The first car of a Manhattan-bound L train at Bedford Avenue during rush hour, for example, was 31 percent beyond maximum recommended capacity, while the rear car was at 98 percent that level—a difference of 48 riders. Manhattan-bound F trains at the Bergen Street station in Boerum Hill had similarly front-heavy ridership. The News interviewed a guy toward the rear of the platform, who was like, “yeah, I’m here because it’s less crowded, duh.”

This pattern doesn’t hold true, though, for every subway line. Stations on the 6 line, for example, tend to have entrances at the centers of platforms, so those trains are denser in their middles.

The L train is notoriously overcrowded, which the MTA already knows, and more trains should be run on the line by mid 2012.

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One Comment

  • The rear car of the L is the least crowded, no question. Regarding the most crowded, I could see the first one, but also the car in the middle that opens at that spot directly in front of the staircases to the NRQ platform at the Union Square Station. And it is actually harder to get in the middle one than the first one at Bedford because a lot of people in the first car disembark at Bedford.