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7 Train Service to Halt for Several Weekends This Fall

By Jeanmarie Evelly | September 18, 2013 7:29am
 An MTA New York City transit subway 7 train. Aug. 13, 2013.
An MTA New York City transit subway 7 train. Aug. 13, 2013.
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HUNTERS POINT — Straphangers who use the 7 train in Long Island City are in for another round of weekend service disruptions this fall, according to the MTA. 

Service on the 7 line between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza will be suspended for five weekends in October and November. As an alternative, free shuttle buses will run between Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. and Queensboro Plaza, an MTA spokesman said.

The LIC Post first reported the service changes Tuesday.

The disruptions are part of the ongoing installation of a $385 million Communication Based Train Control signal system on the 7 line, which will mean more reliable and more frequent service and countdown clocks, according to the MTA.

The project is expected to finish in 2016.

The construction has meant repeated service disruptions on the 7 line, to the frustration of Long Island City residents and elected officials. Service in Hunters Point was suspended for 13 consecutive weekends earlier this year.

The affected weekends this fall will be Oct. 11-14, Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-28, Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 22-25. Service will stop at 11:45 p.m. on Fridays and resume at 5 a.m. Monday mornings.

Service will also be suspended overnight between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza on Monday, Sept. 23 from 11:45 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Free shuttle buses will be available during that time.