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Press Release
May 2, 2013
FASTRACK Comes to the N and R in Brooklyn
Fourth Avenue Line Closing from 95th to 36th Streets

On Monday, May 6, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the N Subway and R Subway Fourth Avenue line in Brooklyn.  N Subway trains are rerouted via the D Subway line in both directions between 36th Street and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.  Special N Subway shuttle trains will operate between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and 8th Avenue.  This FASTRACK will operate from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, May 6 to early Friday morning, May 10.  Regular R Subway service between Forest Hills-71st Avenue in Queens and 36th Street in Brooklyn will end at the regularly scheduled time.          


Travel alternatives:

  • Take free shuttle buses to and from 95th Street, 86th Street, 77th Street, Bay Ridge Avenue, 59th Street, 53rd Street, 45th Street and 36th Street stations in Brooklyn
  • Take the special N Subway shuttle trains to and from N Subway stations between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and 8th Avenue, Brooklyn.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and D Subway, N Subway or R Subway trains at 36th Street.
  • Transfer between the special N Subway shuttle trains and D Subway or N Subway trains at 62nd Street-New Utrecht Avenue or Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue. 


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 SubwayQ SubwayR Subway south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street; the A Subway  line between 168th Street and 207th Street in Upper Manhattan, the D Subway Concourse Line between 161st and 205th Street; and the Lexington Avenue 4 Subway5 Subway and 6 Subway local and express lines between Grand Central-42nd Street and 125th Street.  


FASTRACK projects are also scheduled for the Sixth/Eighth Avenue Lines A SubwayB SubwayC SubwayD Subway between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 168th Street-Broadway and 161st Street; the Fourth Avenue line D SubwayN SubwayR Subway between 36th Street and 95th Street in Brooklyn and the 2 Subway 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 by clicking here.


 Our next FASTRACK weekend closure will be on the D Subway and N Subway lines between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and Bay Parkway D Subway and 86th Street N Subway.  The next FASTRACK weekday overnight closure will be on the Upper East Side in Manhattan on the 4 Subway5 Subway6 Subway from May 20-24.  4 Subway5 Subway6 Subway trains will run local in both directions between Grand Central-42nd Street and 125th Street.