I accidentally took a train ride over the Brooklyn bridge yesterday. That’ll teach me to try to transfer from the J to the N before I have my coffee. If you’re ever here for touristy reasons, I highly recommend the ride. Quite beautiful.
When I got to the Court Street stop I walked myself over to the Manhattan-bound R train that would take me directly to my stop. A girl (not yet a woman) with a suitcase asked me if the Q train ran on weekends. I told her I didn’t know because I’d never ridden the Q before. (According to MTA it does, but I didn’t know that then.) She then asked me if the R train would take her to Times Square. I responded that it would, but it’s a local train (Q is express, way fewer stops made) so it would take longer. I’m sure it wasn’t directed at me, but she gave the “why the fuck are you making me ride a LOCAL train to get to Times Square?!” look but boarded it anyway.
Local trains are technically slower, but because each stop is maybe 30 seconds the total added time for her trip was probably 5-7 minutes. The Q train wasn’t even there. If it did ever arrive she would have reached Times Square at or later than the R train.
I didn’t mention that, though. Just put my earbuds in and listened to my dance music until it was my stop.