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Press Release
June 14, 2013
FASTRACK Returns to the Broadway Line
All N, Q, R Stations in Manhattan to Close for Overnight Work

On Monday, June 17, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK back to Manhattan on the N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway Broadway Line.  There will be no service at N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway stations in Manhattan from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 17 to early Friday morning, June 21.  N Subway trains will operate in Queens and Brooklyn only.  Q Subway trains run normally in Brooklyn but will be rerouted via the D Subway (6th Avenue) line in Manhattan to/from the 57th Street F Subway station.  R Subway service ends early in Manhattan and Queens each night.

Customers should use these travel alternatives: 

  • Use nearby stations on the 8th Avenue A SubwayE Subway 7th Avenue 1 Subway2 Subway 6th Avenue D SubwayF SubwayQ Subway and Lexington Avenue 4 Subway6 Subway Lines instead.
  • Take the 7 Subway for service between Queens and Manhattan.
  • Make key transfers between services at Queensboro Plaza 7 SubwayN Subway 5th Avenue/42nd Street-Bryant Park 7 SubwayD SubwayF SubwayQ Subway Jay Street-MetroTech A SubwayF SubwayN Subway and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center 2 Subway4 SubwayD SubwayN SubwayQ Subway.

This past April, hundreds of Transit maintenance workers descended on the Broadway Line to inspect, repair and replace vital components, in addition to cleaning and painting.  Workers were able to remove thousands of pounds of scrap and debris from the tracks, replace hundreds of tunnel light bulbs, service closed circuit television (CCTV) equipment and perform maintenance on elevators and escalators.  

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.

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

Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the D Subway line north of 161st Street for four consecutive weeknights beginning Monday, July 15.