From the NY Times:
The V train, a weekday-only service that relieved crowding on the E and F lines and was one of the youngest trains in the New York City subway system, was sentenced to death on Friday. It was 8 years old and divided its time between Queens and Manhattan.
Its demise was announced by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is reconfiguring subway service to help close a $400 million budget gap.
Under that plan, expected to be approved next week, the M train, which has proudly brandished a brown logo since the advent of the current color-coded system in 1979, would be rebranded orange and take the place of the V.
The M would continue to make its usual run from western Queens through Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into Lower Manhattan. But at its first Manhattan stop, at Essex Street, the train would take over the V’s route and travel north to the Forest Hills-71st Avenue stop in Queens.
M train service in Lower Manhattan and southern Brooklyn would be eliminated.
The changes, which would go into effect in June, were announced earlier this year. But the new route was expected to be called the V, with the M train disappearing. An outcry at public hearings led transit planners to rethink the nomenclature.
“People were more comfortable with the M designation, being an older and more historic train designation than the V,” said Charles Seaton, a spokesman for New York City Transit. (The V was born in 2001; the M dates back decades.)