NEW YORK CITY — Swimmers and sunbathers taking the subway to Rockaway Beach Wednesday will need to find a different way to get to the water, as a portion of the A train will be closed to riders, transit officials announced.
The section between the Euclid Avenue and Howard Beach stations will be shut down between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday while workers repair tracks south of the 80th Street stop.
To accommodate travelers, the MTA will be running free express and local shuttle buses in the affected route. The express buses will run nonstop between Euclid Avenue and Howard Beach, while local buses will stop at each A station between Euclid Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard, with additional stops at Aqueduct (Racino), Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue and Howard Beach.
MTA officials also advised subway riders heading to the beach to take the Q53 bus from the Woodside 7 station or from the Roosevelt Avenue E-F-M-R station, the Q52 from the Woodhaven M-R station, or the Q35 from the Flatbush Avenue 2-5 station.
Alternately, travelers can head to the beaches on the Long Island Railroad. Both the Far Rockaway Branch and the Long Beach Branch will run on a regular hourly schedule Wednesday. More specific schedule and fare information can be found on the LIRR website.