FASTRACK Returns to the Grand Concourse
On Monday, April 8, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK back to the Bronx on the Grand Concourse D Line. D train service will be suspended in both directions between 205th Street and 161st Street-Yankee Stadium from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, April 8 to early Friday morning, April 12. B service ends early each night. Bronx-bound D trains skip 155th Street. Customers should take the 4 instead. (There are no Yankee home games scheduled during those four nights.)
There will be no D service at 205th Street, Bedford Park Blvd, Kingsbridge Road, Fordham Road, 182nd-183rd Sts, Tremont Avenue, 174th-175th Sts, 170th Street and 167th Street.
- Take 4 service to and from nearby stations.
- Transfer between D and 4 trains at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium.
- Free shuttle buses provide connection service between the 205th Street D and the Mosholu Parkway 4 stations only
- For service from 155th Street, take a Coney Island-bound D train one stop to 145th Street and transfer to a Bronx-bound D
- For service to 155th Street, take the Bronx-bound D to 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D.
During the first FASTRACK shutdown of the five-mile long Concourse line in January, hundreds of maintenance workers were able to inspect signals and switches, repair and replace track rails and cross ties, clean track floors, perform elevator and escalator repair work, repair water damage, clear drains, and clean stations.
FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. This gives free access to the system, allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks without the concern of having to “clear up” to allow trains to pass.
The new FASTRACK corridors for 2013 include: the Broadway N, Q, R south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street; the A line between 168th Street and 207th Street in Upper Manhattan, the D Concourse Line between 161st and 205th Street; and the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, and 6 local and express lines between Grand Central-42nd Street and 125th Street.
FASTRACK projects are also scheduled for the Sixth/Eighth Avenue Lines (A, B, C, D) between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 168th Street-Broadway and 161st Street; the Fourth Avenue line (D, N, R) between 36th Street and 95th Street in Brooklyn and the 2 along Nostrand Avenue between Franklin and Flatbush Avenues.
These FASTRACK efforts have been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods. Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish. Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at http://172.21.5.208/nyct/service/fastrack_D.htm.
Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be at all N, Q and R stations in Manhattan for four consecutive weeknights from April 15 to April 19.