I'm so used to the "F" train being the neglected stepchild of the MTA, I was stunned the other day when a sleek, silver number slid into the Bergen Street station. "Must be lost," I thought.
But, no. It was a shiny new "F" train, one of those nifty jobs that you get on Lexington Avenue line in Manhattan with the digital readouts; the backlit maps of the subway line; folding, Paris-Metro-like seats; and the soothing, mechanized female voice clearly announced each coming stop. It was not in service. A sign in each window said "Test Train." But surely this means these new trains are in our future! The East Village, Lower East Side, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope are moving up in the world.