Four months after the MTA finally figured out what the H was wrong with the F train comes a report that they’re taking drastic steps to improve service on the line — steps that will make things way worse in the short term. The F train will completely shut down for at least seven different weekends this year in large stretches of trendy Brooklyn, between Jay Street-Borough Hall and Church Avenue. As happened for six weekends last year, commuters will be forced to cram into slow-moving shuttles that will cross Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope during those time periods. Even yoga instructors are rattled! “People are going to totally freak out,” yoga guru Laura Stryjewski told the Post. “Taking the shuttle is a royal pain.” So far, the shutdowns are scheduled for the weekends starting February 20, February 27, May 8, May 15, May 22, November 13, and November 20. As a bonus, the dreaded G train will also be shut down those weekends. There are more weekend closures expected in 2011, but don’t worry, the F train will definitely be all fixed up by 2012.
It’s the ‘F’#@! line [NYP]