MTA Press Releases

Press Release
October 26, 2018
IMMEDIATE
Weekend Subway Service Advisory

Enhanced M14A Bus Service, Special Weekend m Service & Shuttle Buses 
Provide Alternate Service for l Line Customers this Weekend

Special Weekend ws Service, efn Trains and Free Shuttle Buses 
Provide Alternate Service for 7 Line Customers this Weekend

 Service Changes are Part of Subway Action Plan, Station Repairs and Other Ongoing Maintenance, and Upgrade Work for Improvements on Multiple Lines

These weekend service changes are part of the MTA Subway Action Plan, station improvements in Queens and Manhattan, and ongoing maintenance, repair and upgrade work throughout the MTA New York City Transit subway system to maintain and upgrade track, signal, station and other infrastructure in order to provide customers with safe and reliable service.  More information on the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program is available here.  Background information about the l train preparatory work this weekend is available in this press release.  More information about 7 line CBTC installation work this month, and service alternatives this weekend, is available in this press releaseMore information about 7 line CBTC installation work this month is available in this prior press release

This weekend, work crews will be dispersed throughout the entire subway system to perform a variety of critical tasks in the areas of track replacement and maintenance, signal modernization, station enhancements, electrical upgrades and communication improvements.  All this work is aligned with the MTA Subway Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to stabilize and modernize the subway system by attacking the key drivers of 79 percent of delay-causing major incidents and strategically targeting additional personnel and equipment to focus on critical parts of the system.   

For a simple, graphical guide that makes it easy to visualize how this weekend maintenance, upgrade and repair work will affect subway service – and what alternative travel options are recommended – consult The Weekender at web.mta.info/weekender.html. The Weekender is accessible through the MTA website by clicking the “Weekender” tab within the Service Status Menu, and is also available as a free app for iPhone and Android devices.

TripPlanner+ is an online tool that provides customized travel guidance based on available service and takes weekend service diversions into account.  In addition, customers can receive customized subway status emails or texts by signing up at www.MyMTAalerts.com.

1

At all times until winter 2018-19, downtown trains skip 238 St due to station improvements.  As an alternative, take the Bx9 to 231 St, or take an uptown train to 242 St and transfer to a downtown 1

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, downtown trains skip Christopher St, Houston St, Canal St, and Franklin St due to the instillation of electrical cables.  As an alternative, use an uptown 1 or 2 train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Chambers St or 14 St. 

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, downtown trains skip Christopher St, Houston St, Canal St, and Franklin St due to the instillation of electrical cables.  As an alternative, use an uptown 1 or 2 train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Chambers St or 14 St. 

3

At all times until November 2018, trains will skip 145 St in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  The 145 St station opened more than a century ago in 1904.  As crews make critical repairs to the station infrastructure such as concrete and metal platforms, stairs, beams and columns, they will also modernize the station with enhancements to all entrances including stairs, LED lighting, digital signage providing real-time service information, and new turnstile areas with security cameras and brighter lighting.  Countdown clocks and Help Points, which allow customers to communicate quickly with staff for assistance or emergencies, will be installed.  New station furniture and platform safety enhancements such as tactile edge warning strips also will be installed to improve customer safety.  For subway service, use nearby stations at 148 St 3, 145 St acbd, or 135 St 23.  Use M7 and M102 buses along Lenox Av, or the Bx19 along 145 St and transfer to the subway with a MetroCard.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, click here

3

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, trains will run to/from New Lots Av all weekend, providing alternate service and due to structural repairs at the Borough Hall station.

4

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, trains will not run between New Lots Av and Bowling Green due to structural repairs at the Borough Hall station.  Take the 2 or 3 instead.  4 trains will run between Woodlawn and Bowling Green.  3 trains will run to/from New Lots Av all weekend.  For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the 2 or 3 via transfer at Fulton St.    

46

At all times until December 2018, 46 trains will skip 28 St in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  The 28 St station is one of the oldest in the subway system, opening in October 1904.  See the first 3 entry above for project details.  For alternate service, use the nearby 6 stations along Park Avenue South at 33 St or 23 St.  Or, use the nearby 28 St nr station on Broadway.  Local buses are also available along Lexington and Madison avenues.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, click here.

7

MTA New York City Transit is performing critical work each weekend this month to upgrade the 7 line with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling.  Once installed on the 7 line by the end of this year, CBTC will allow for more frequent and more reliable service for all users of the 7 line, which currently serves approximately 500,000 customers per weekday between Queens and Manhattan.  The recently announced addition of more daily service to the 7 line for next year, for example, is incumbent upon the successful installation of CBTC on the line.  Due to the 24/7 nature of the New York City subway system and patterns of high ridership during peak weekday hours, work such as this must be done at times of lower than average ridership, such as weekends.  This weekend in support of this critical CBTC installation work to keep the project on track for completion by the end of this year, the 7 train will run as follows:

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, free shuttle buses and efnsw replace 7 trains between 34 St-Hudson Yards and Queensboro Plaza.

  • 7 trains will run between Main St and Queensboro Plaza. 7 trains will not run in Manhattan or Long Island City.  Use efn or w trains for service between Manhattan and Queens.  Transfer at Queensboro Plaza 7nw or 74 St-Roosevelt Av 7ef.

  • Free Shuttle buses will run frequently – every five minutes during times of peak ridership – in two sections: In Manhattan between Times Square-42 St and 34 St-Hudson Yards, and in Queens between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.

  • Additional train service is being scheduled on the s and w to further help customers. The 42 St s Shuttle will operate overnight (it normally does not), from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday to Sunday, Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, and w trains run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, between Whitehall St and Ditmars Blvd (the w does not normally run on weekends).

b

From 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, b service will end early due to track maintenance near 7 Av.  As an alternative, take the cd and/or q.  As a reminder, b service does not run on weekends. 

bd

At all times until January 2019, bd trains will skip 167 St in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  As an alternative, customers are advised to use the nearby stations at 170 St bd, 167 St 4, or 161 St-Yankee Stadium.  Use the Bx1 or Bx2 along Grand Concourse and transfer to the subway at 170 St bd or 161 St-Yankee Stadium with a MetroCard.  Use the Bx35 along E 167 St and transfer to the 4 at 167 St station with a MetroCard.  For transfers to another bus, ask the bus operator for a MetroCard Bus Transfer, which can be used on another local bus ride within two hours.  For return trips, ask the station agent for a transfer to the bus.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, click here.

bd

At all times until December 2018, trains will skip 174-175 Sts in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  As an alternative, customers are advised to use the nearby Tremont Av bd or 170 St bd stations.  Use the Bx1 or Bx2 along Grand Concourse and transfer to bd trains at Tremont Av or 170 St with a MetroCard.  For either station, customers transferring to another bus can ask the driver for a MetroCard Bus Transfer, which can be used on another local bus ride within two hours.  For return trips, ask the station agent at the Tremont Av bd or 170 St bd station for a transfer to the bus.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, and listing of nearby bus routes, click here

d

From 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, fn trains and free shuttle buses replace d trains between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 34 St-Herald Sq due to track maintenance near West 4 St.  d trains will run between 34 St-Herald Sq and Norwood-205 St.  n trains will run via the d line in both directions in Brooklyn, between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.  For service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, take the n via transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq.  For W 4 St-Wash Sq and B’way-Lafayette St, take the fm via transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq.  Free shuttle buses will run between W 4 St-Wash Sq f and Grand St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St. 

d

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, uptown trains skip 170 St and 182-183 Sts due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a downtown d train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Fordham Rd, Tremont Av, or 161 St.  As a reminder, the 167 St and 174-175 Sts stations are closed for renovations.

f

At all times until December 2018, f trains will skip 57 St in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  When this project is completed, customers will benefit from new station entrances enhanced with digital signage providing real-time information, countdown clocks, new railings or canopies, and brighter, more energy-efficient lighting, upgraded turnstile areas with glass barriers, security cameras, new information centers and digital dashboards.  Platforms will be outfitted with new platform edge warning strips, accessible boarding areas, new seating furniture, digital dashboards with wayfinding information and new countdown clocks.  For alternate service, use nearby stations at 57 St-7 Av nqrw, 5 Av/59 St nrw, 7 Av bde, 5 Av/53 St em, or 47-50 Sts bdfm.  Local buses are also available along Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue and 57th Street.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, and listing of nearby bus routes, click here

f

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound f trains are rerouted via the e line after 36 St to 47-50 St due to track maintenance near West 4 St.  As an alternative. use a Jamaica-bound f train to complete your trip via transfer at 47-50 Sts or Roosevelt Av.  For Lexington Av/63 St, take the m or a Jamaica-bound f.  Transfer at 47-50 Sts.   

fm

At all times until December 2018, trains will skip 23 St in both directions due to due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  The 23 St station opened around the time of World War II, in December 1940.  Crews are making extensive repairs to fix structural defects and deterioration, and include functional station improvements, leading to an enhanced customer experience for approximately 31,000 daily riders who use the station.  For alternate service, use the nearby 34 St-Herald Sq or 14 St stations along Sixth Avenue.  Or, use the nearby 23 St rw station on Broadway.  Local buses are also available along Sixth and Seventh avenues.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, and listing of nearby bus routes, click here

j

At all times until Fall 2018, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound trains skip 104 St and 121 St due to station rehabilitation work.  Use a Manhattan-bound j train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Sutphin Blvd, 111 St or Woodhaven Blvd. 

j

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, free shuttle buses and e trains replace j trains between Crescent St and Jamaica Center due to station rehabilitation at 104 St and 121 St.  j service will operate between Broad St and Crescent St.  Free shuttle buses will make all station stops between Crescent St and 121 St, and connect with the e at Jamaica-Van Wyck.  Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Jamaica-Van Wyck e, and/or Crescent St j.  As a reminder, the Jamaica Center-bound platforms at 104 St and 121 St are closed for renovations. 

l

Beginning approximately 10:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, l service is suspended in both directions between 8 Av and Broadway Junction due to extensive track maintenance at 3 Av and Graham Av, and signal improvements and station work at Bedford Av.  In 2012, the Canarsie Tunnel suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy when it was flooded with seven million gallons of salt water, damaging vital infrastructure and systems such as power, signal and communication cables, tracks, switches, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls in the 7,110-foot tunnel.  While we were able to drain the tubes and restore service just 10 days after the storm, it was clear that the damage Sandy left in its wake simply must be addressed and a full reconstruction of the tunnel is required.  This weekend’s improvement work will help prepare the l line for reliable service when the l tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan is reconstructed in 2019, causing l trains to run in Brooklyn only for 15 months.

To minimize the impact of these preparations, the work is being done on weekends when ridership is significantly lower.  This weekend, l trains will not run between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.  l trains will run between Rockaway Pkwy and Broadway Junction.  M14 and free shuttle buses will provide alternate service between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses will operate along the following three routes: between Marcy Av jm and Lorimer St; between Lorimer St and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs; between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs and Broadway Junction.  Transfer between trains and buses at Myrtle Wyckoff Avs m, Broadway Junction acjl, or Marcy Av jm.  Additional nearby subway and local bus service is also provided to accommodate customers.  m trains will provide additional service from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, and will operate between Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Sts, and via the q line between Lexington Av/63 St and 96 St all weekend.  

m  

From 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, m trains will provide alternative service due to track maintenance on the lq lines, and will run between Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Sts, and via the q line between Lexington Av/63 St and 96 St, all weekend.  

n

At all times until fall 2018, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St due to station rehabilitation work at nine stations on the Sea Beach Line.  When finished, this will yield a better travel experience for customers, including the installation of elevators at 8 Av and New Utrecht Av stations, providing mobility impaired customers with better accessibility, upgraded communication systems, installation of Help Point intercoms, new stairways and handrails, reconstructed platforms and overpasses, repairs to canopies and columns, and artwork.

  • For service to these stations, take the Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound to Bay Pkwy or Coney Island-Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound train.

  • For service from these stations, take a Manhattan-bound train to Bay Pkwy or 8 Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound train.

  • For New Utrecht Av-62 St, take the d Transfer between n and d trains at 36 St or Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

n

From 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, m trains will provide alternative service due to track maintenance on the lq lines, and will run between Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Sts, and via the q line between Lexington Av/63 St and 96 St, all weekend.  

From 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, free shuttle buses replace trains between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 59 St due to station rehabilitation work at several stations.  n trains will run via the d line in both directions in Brooklyn, between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.  Free shuttle buses make all n line station stops between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 59 St.  For service to/from 45 St, 53 St, and 59 St, take the r.  Transfer between n and r trains at 36 St.  For stations between 59 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Av, transfer to/from free shuttle buses at Coney Island-Stillwell Av, New Utrecht, or 59 St. 

nw

At all times until February 2019, trains will skip Broadway and 39 Av in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project.  When this project is completed, customers will benefit from critical structural and safety repairs and improvements to concrete and steel features such as columns, beams, platforms, walls and stairs. There will also be other improvements and upgrades such as improved waterproofing, a reconfigured mezzanine area including new glass barriers, new security cameras, LED lighting for increased light and energy efficiency, and enhanced signage for easier navigation including digital, real-time service change and train and bus arrival information.  For alternate service, use the nearby open Astoria line stations at 30 Av, 36 Av, or Queensboro Plaza via the Q102 bus.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions, click here

q

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, free shuttle buses and mnr trains replace q trains between Prospect Park and 96 St due to track maintenance near the 7 Av station.  q trains will run between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Prospect Park.  n trains will run between to/from the 96 St q station all weekend.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses will make all q line station stops between Prospect Park and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.  Transfer between q trains and free shuttle buses at Prospect Park, and/or between buses and nr trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.  Transfer between nr trains and m trains at 34 St-Herald.  Consider using fn trains for service to/from Coney Island-Stillwell Av. 

s

From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday to Monday, Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, the 42 St s Shuttle will operate overnight to provide alternate service due to signal modernization on the Flushing Line. See this press release for details. 

w

From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, special weekend service will run between Whitehall St and Ditmars Blvd to provide additional service due to signal modernization on the Flushing Line.  See this press release for details.