17 Train Lines Affected by Weekend Service Changes, MTA Says

By Joe Parziale on March 8, 2013 2:05pm 

 The 2 train will be among 17 trains affected over the weekend, the MTA has announced.
The 2 train will be among 17 trains affected over the weekend, the MTA has announced.
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NEW YORK CITY — Straphangers should brace themselves for another hectic weekend along the subway lines, after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced planned service changes along 17 lines.

The temporary changes, scheduled to upgrade and provide maintenance to the authority's system, has disrupted weekend service on a number of lines throughout the winter months.

The following lines will be affected through Monday morning: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, E F, G, M, N, Q, R, and S.

7 train riders have drawn the short straw again — service changes have disrupted the line every weekend since the end of December.

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

The MTA recommended 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 drama ends after two more weekends, though — the 7 train will return to its normal weekend schedule March 25, the MTA says.

Here are some other changes riders should know about heading into the weekend:

♦ 1 train — From 3:45 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday, uptown 1 trains skip 225th Street, 231st Street and 238th Street due to track panel installation north of 225th Street.

And from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the last stop for some uptown 1 trains is 137th Street because of the same panel installation.

♦ 2 train — From 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, March 11, there are no 2 trains between 3rd Avenue-149th Street and 96th Street due to station work at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube.  Downtown 2 trains operate local between 96th Street and Times Square-42nd Street.

Free shuttle buses operate:

Non-stop – Between 96th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street 

Local – Between 96th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street 

During this time, 2 trains will operate in two sections:

Between 241st Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street

Between 96th Street and Flatbush Avenue

♦ 3 train — From 11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, 3 service is suspended due to station work at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube.  2 trains make all 3 station stops between 96th Street and Franklin Avenue.  4 trains make all 3 station stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue.  Free shuttle bus operates as a local between 96th Street and 148th Street.

♦ 4 train — From 11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday,  4 service is extended to New Lots Avenue and operates as a local in Brooklyn due to work on the 2, 3, 5 line.

Straphangers can expect changes on overnight 4 service as well. From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, from 11:45 p.m. Saturday to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 10 and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, downtown 4 trains run express from 125th Street to Grand Central-42nd Street due to track tie block work near 96th Street and 103rd Street.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, downtown 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42nd Street to Brooklyn Bridge due to signal work south of Grand Central-42nd Street.

♦ 5 train — From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, there are no 5 trains between East 180thStreet and 149th Street-Grand Concourse due to station work at 149th Street-Grand Concourse, track maintenance at 96th Street and tunnel lighting in the Harlem River tube.

Free shuttle bus operates across 149th Street between 3rd Avenue-149th Street and 149th Street-Grand Concourse.   5 train service operates in two sections:

Between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street

Between 149th Street-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green (every 20 minutes)

Note: 5 trains from Manhattan skip 138th Street-Grand Concourse, take the 4 instead.

Also, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, downtown 5 trains run local from Grand Central-42nd Street to Brooklyn Bridge due to signal work south of Grand Central-42nd Street.

♦ 6 train — From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, downtown 6 trains run express from 125th Street to Grand Central-42nd Street due to track tie block work near 96th Street and 103rdStreet.

♦ A train — From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, uptown A trains run express from 59thStreet-Columbus Circle to 125th Street due to scraping and painting of track ceiling at 81st Street.

Also, from 11:45 p.m. Friday to 6:30 a.m. Saturday  from 11:45 p.m. Saturday to 6:30 a.m. and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, Queens-bound A trains run express from Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts to Utica Avenue due to platform edge and tile work at Utica Avenue.

♦ C train — From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, downtown C trains run express from Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts to Utica Avenue due to platform edge and tile work at Utica Avenue.

♦ E train — From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, from 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Queens-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71st Avenue due to ADA work at Forest Hills-71st Avenue.

♦ F train — From 11:45 p.m. Friday 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains skip 14thStreet and 23rd Street due to electrical work at 34th Street-Herald Square. 

From 11:15 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M after 36th Street, Queens to 47th-50th Sts due to station work at Lexington Avenue-63rd Street for SAS project.

And From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue due to work on the Culver Viaduct Reconstruction and the Church Avenue Interlocking.

♦ G train — At all times through first quarter of 2013, F and G trains skip Smith-9th Sts. in both directions due to station rehabilitation.  Customers may use the B61 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 — Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and continuing for the next 5 months until August 2013, M trains will bypass Central Avenue in both directions due to station rehabilitation work at Central Avenue.  

♦ N train — From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, Brooklyn-bound N trains run express from 34thStreet-Herald Square to Canal Street due to track maintenance at 8th Street.

♦ Q train — From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Q trains are extended to Ditmars Blvd. in order to augment service between Manhattan and Queens.

♦ R train — From 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71st Avenue due to track renewal north of 36th Street. 

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 the latest updates, rider can log onto www.mta.info. For more on the 2010-2014 Capital Program, riders should log on to www.mta.info/capital.

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