Due to an aggressive and accelerated work schedule, the track replacement project on the A C line in downtown Brooklyn will finish one week sooner than expected, announced MTA NYC Transit. Originally set to finish May 7, the project will be wrapped up after this weekend on April 30. Normal weekend A and C service will return the weekend of May 5th.
"I'm glad that we can return normal service to our dedicated subway riders in Brooklyn who rely on the A and C to travel between Jay Street and Utica Avenue," said NYC Transit President Howard H. Roberts, Jr. "Our track crews did a phenomenal job to get the work done ahead of schedule. I commend everyone on this project for their diligence and dedication to getting it done right and with the least amount of impact to our riders."
During this project, workers used hydraulic machines to break out the old concrete roadbed and poured new concrete to replace it along a section of roadbed that had been in place since 1936. About 1,200 feet of the Manhattan-bound roadbed was replaced during this project, just a fraction of 22,000 feet of concrete roadbed replaced in the subway each year. New rails have been installed using resilient rail fasteners which serve to reduce vibrations. With the work complete, customers should notice a ride that is slightly quieter and smoother over the replaced track segment between the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Jay Street stations.
By working during evening hours prior to the first weekend shutdown, and with additional support from other departments and divisions, an outstanding job was done by the entire Track and Infrastructure Division to close this project one week early.
As a reminder, on the last weekend of this project, April 28 - 30, C train service will be suspended in both directions along its entire length - 168th Street, Manhattan to Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn. A trains will make all local stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but is suspended in both directions between Jay Street-Borough Hall and Utica Avenue in Brooklyn where free shuttle buses are available. Riders traveling between stations east of Utica Avenue and Manhattan should make use of increased L service.
Customer information will be posted in stations and inside subway cars. Additional personnel will be on hand at Jay Street and Utica Avenue distributing "take-ones." NYC Transit's Customer Information Centers will be in place at both stations and signage will be prominently posted at shuttle bus stops.
Customers seeking information on these and other weekend service disruptions can subscribe to NYC Transit's email notification program. For more information, visit www.mta.info and click on Service Advisories or click onto NYC Transit's podcast service at http://www.mta.info/nyct/transittrax.htm.