MTA Subway Construction Will Temporarily Shut Down 1, 2, 3 Trains
By Maya Shwayder on June 22, 2012 12:47pm
DOWNTOWN — Much of the Seventh Avenue subway is due to suspend service beginning Monday evening, June 25, for four consecutive nights beginning at 10 p.m, until 5 am the next morning,
Service will be stopped on the 1 train from 34th street-Penn Station to South Ferry, and on the 2 train from 34th Street-Penn Station to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. Service on the 3 train will be completely suspended.
The MTA said that they will be running other lines during late hours to help accomodate customers. Overnight 5 line service will run into Manhattan and Brooklyn and cover the usual 2 line stops. 4 trains will make all 3 line stops in Brooklyn.
Charles Seaton, a spokesman for the MTA, said that the suspensions are part of routine service. "We've been doing FASTTRACK for the last six months," he said. "This is an opportunity to fix problems we otherwise can't."
FASTTRACK is an MTA program to that suspends parts of subway service in order to complete "critical maintenance work."
Seaton said only 15 percent of total customers will be affected — mostly just New Yorkers who ride the subway at night. According to a statement released by the MTA, customers should expect to add about 20 minutes to their evening commutes.
Seaton added that the reactions from New Yorkers has been mostly congenial.
"People realize this is work that can only be done at night when the trains aren't running," he said.