Subway Maintenance to Affect 16 Train Lines Over Weekend, MTA Says

By Joe Parziale on January 24, 2013 1:47pm 

 A number of planned service changes will affect riders across the city the weekend of Friday, January 25.
A number of planned service changes will affect riders across the city the weekend of Friday, January 25.
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NEW YORK CITY — Scores of straphangers will have a tough time getting around this weekend, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a slew of changes to 16 train lines that will affect riders in all five boroughs.

The changes — which the authority says are necessary because of track upgrading and maintenance — will primarily affect 5 and 7 train riders, the MTA said. 

Riders relying on the 7 train should expect the disruptions that began Dec. 28 to continue, as the MTA proceeds with track, signal and tunnel maintenance work in the Steinway Tunnel, which connects Manhattan and Queens.

From Friday at 11:45 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., there will be no 7 train service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza. Straphangers can take the E, N, Q, the 42nd Street shuttle and free shuttle buses as alternatives.

The authority recommends using the E, N, or Q trains between Manhattan and Queens, and will extend Q train service to Ditmars Blvd. Free shuttle buses will operate between Vernon Blvd- Jackson Avenue, and the 42nd Street shuttle will run overnight to accommodate for these changes.   

The 7 train will return to its normal weekend schedule March 25, the MTA says.

There will also be no 5 train service between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday due to station rehabilitation at 149th Street-Grand Concourse.

Other trains will be affected, too:

♦ 1 train — From Saturday at 3:45 a.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m., Rector Street-bound 1 trains will skip 238th Street, 231st Street and 225th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the last stop for some uptown 1 trains will be 137th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street in The Bronx.

♦ 2 train — From Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Saturday at 6:30 a.m., Uptown 2 trains will run express from 72nd Street to 96th Street due to work on a new compressor plant at 91st Street.

♦ 4 train — From Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Saturday at 6:30 a.m., from 11:45 p.m., and from Sunday 11:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., Downtown 4 trains will run express from 14th Street-Union Square to Brooklyn Bridge due to track maintenance at 14th Street-Union Square.

From Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., Uptown 4 trains will run express from 125th Street to Burnside Avenue due to station rehabilitation at 149th Street-Grand Concourse.

And from Saturday at midnight to Monday at 5 a.m., Downtown 4 trains will run local from 125th Street to 14th Street-Union Square and Uptown 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42nd Street to 125th Street due to signal work between Grand Central-42nd Street and 59th Street and track work near 86th Street.

♦ 6 train — From Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., Downtown 6 trains will run express from 14th Street-Union Square to Brooklyn Bridge due to track maintenance at 14th Street-Union Square.

♦ A train — From Saturday at midnight to Monday at 5 a.m., Manhattan-bound A trains run local from Broadway Junction to Utica Avenue due to elevator work at Utica Avenue.

♦ C train — From Saturday at 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Uptown C trains run express from Canal Street to 145th Street due to track maintenance north of 42nd Street and electrical systems installation north of 34th Street.

♦ D train — From Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., there will be no Bronx-bound D service at 34th Street-Herald Square, 42nd Street-Bryant Park, 47th-50th Sts and 7th Avenue due to track maintenance north of 42nd Street and electrical system installation north of 34th Street.

♦ F train — From Friday 9:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., Jamaica-bound F trains will be rerouted via the M line from 47th-50th Sts to Roosevelt Avenue due to station work at Lexington Avenue/63rd Street for SAS project. F trains will run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Avenue. At all times through the first quarter of 2013, F and G trains will skip Smith-9th Sts. in both directions due to station rehabilitation. Customers may use the B61 bus for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and 4thAvenue-9th Street station, where F, G and R trains are available. Customers may also use the B57 bus for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and Carroll Street station, where F and G trains are available.

♦ M train — Until early 2013, Knickerbocker Avenue will be closed in both directions for station rehabilitation.

♦ N train — From Friday at 10:45 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., Queens-bound N trains will run express from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square due to electrical work at 14th Street-Union Square.

♦ Q train — On Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Q trains will be extended to Ditmars Blvd. to augment service between Manhattan and Queens.

♦ R train — On Friday, from 10:45 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Queens-bound R trains will run express from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square due to electrical work at 14th Street-Union Square.

MTA officials also reminded straphangers of the changes to the 1 and A trains, which will remain in effect until further notice because of Hurricane Sandy.

There will be no 1 train service between Rector Street and South Ferry, and no A train service between Howard Beach and Far Rockaway. Free shuttle buses will operate non-stop between Howard Beach and Far Rockaway, and free H shuttle trains will operate between Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and Beach 90th Street.

For more information on the 2010-2014 Capital Program, riders can log on to www.mta.info/capital.

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