QUEENS — Straphangers who use the 7 train will have a hard time getting out of the borough on weekends beginning this Friday night.
The 7 train will be suspended for five weekends (Oct. 5-8, Oct. 19-22, Oct. 26-29, Nov. 9-12, Nov. 16-19) between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square from 11:45 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
The disruptions are due to the new signal system being installed on the line as well as station improvements like lighting and new platforms, MTA spokesman Charles Seaton said.
Free shuttle buses will be taking straphangers from the Hunters Point Ave. and Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. stations to Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza and Court Square where they can transfer to the E, the R, the Q or the N. Passangers can also take the F train at the 21 St.-Queensbridge Station.
Service on portions of the line will also be suspended on Monday, Oct. 22 from 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
Weekend service diversions are also scheduled on the 7 train between January and March 2013.
Hunters Point residents experienced similar inconveniences last fall. And earlier this year, the Court Square Station was also closed for 10 weeks between January and April.