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Press Release
June 6, 2013
FASTRACK Returns to Washington Heights/Inwood
No A Service Between 207th St and 168th St; C Service Ends Early

On Monday, June 10, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK back to Upper Manhattan on the A Subway Line.  There will be no service on the A Subway between 168th Street and 207th Street from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 10 to early Friday morning, June 14.  A Subway trains will operate between Lefferts Blvd/Far Rockaway and 168th Street.


Customers may use:  

  • 1 Subway train service at nearby stations between 207th Street and Dyckman Street
  • 1 Subway train or M4 bus for service to and from A Subway stations at 190th Street, 181st Street and 175th Street
  • An additional shuttle bus connecting Dyckman Street 1 Subway and Dyckman Street A Subway stations
  • Regular Bx12 service connecting 207th Street 1 Subway and 207th Street A Subway stations


Transfers between A Subway and 1 Subway trains or the special M4 bus should be made at the 168th Street station.  A Subway local service at C Subway stations begins early.  Customers should allow for additional travel time.


During the previous FASTRACK on the A line in February 2013, hundreds of Transit workers were deployed along the 2.4 mile-long Washington Heights/Inwood line for critical maintenance work, cleaning and station painting.  Over four weeknights, workers were able to scrap and clean 18,300 linear feet of track, scrap and clean 4,930 feet of track under and around the third rail, service 75 signals, perform maintenance at one pump room and seal 76 leaks.  In addition, other workers replaced 24 platform edges, 1,800 tunnel light bulbs, painted 450 linear feet of rubbing board in stations and much more. 


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 by clicking here.   


Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be June 17-21 with a suspension in service to all N SubwayQ Subway and R Subway stations in Manhattan.