Subway Lines to Close Periodically on Weeknights, Report Says

By Tom Liddy on November 12, 2011 10:30am 

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MANHATTAN — The City that Never Sleeps might have to do without some subway lines on weeknights, according to a published report.

In order to consolidate repairs that plague the system, typically on weekends, the MTA plans to shut down portions of subway lines in Manhattan periodically for three or four weeknights in a row, the Daily News said.

On Saturday alone, work was being performed on nearly all of the subway lines with the exception of the L and and shuttle.

Officials say the idea is to close sections of a line every three months to conduct the crucial repairs and inspections, the paper said.

According to the report, the plan, which would shut down trains from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., is set to be tested on the Lexington Avenue line between 42nd Street and Bowling Green or Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

The implementation of the plan would largely be limited to the area below 42nd Street, where transportation alternatives are plentiful.

"We are always looking at ways to do critical subway work more efficiently in our 24/7 system," the MTA said in a statement. "On Monday we'll be providing more details on a plan that will improve the safety and efficiency of this work while reducing its impact on our customers."

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