MTA Press Releases

Press Release
January 18, 2019
IMMEDIATE
Weekend Subway Service Advisory

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

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 early 2020, trains skip 168 St in both directions due to elevator replacement work. For alternate service, take the ac at/to this station.  Transfer between 1 and a trains at 59 St-Columbus Circle.  A free out-of-system transfer with a MetroCard is available between the 207 St or 215 St 1 and 207 St a.  Take the M5 to/from 157 St 1.  Late nights, the M5 will run between 168 St and 157 St. 

This work is part of a major elevator replacement project at five separate “deep” stations in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.  The 1 line part of the 168 St station is 112 years old.  Some of the oldest components in these elevators and the accompanying machine rooms are more than 90 years old.  When completed, the elevator doors at 168 St 1 will open at both the front and rear sides at the lower mezzanine level.  The rear passageway behind the elevators at the lower mezzanine level will be reopened in order to improve customer flow.  Other improvements include lighting and staircase upgrades, concrete repair and the installation of new handrails.  

2
From 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, free shuttle buses replace trains between Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College and Franklin Av due to track maintenance.  2 trains will run between Wakefield-241 and Franklin Av, and via the 4 to/from Crown Hts-Utica Av.  Free shuttle buses will make all 2 line station stops between Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College and Franklin Av.  Transfer between buses and 234 trains at Franklin Av or Nostrand Av.

23
From 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, trains run local in both directions between 14 St and 72 St due to track replacement near Times Square-42 St.  As a reminder, 3 service is suspended overnight. 

3
From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Saturday to Monday, Jan. 19, to Jan. 21, 3 service is suspended due to track replacement.  2 trains and free shuttle buses will replace 3 trains between Times Sq-42 St and Harlem-148 St during the overnight hours listed above.  Use the 2 for service between Times Sq-42 St and 135 St.  Use free shuttle buses to/from 148 St, via transfer with the 2 at 135 St. 

4
From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, downtown trains skip 176 St, Mt Eden Av, 170 St, 167 St and 161 St-Yankee Stadium, due to track replacement near 167 St.  As an alternative, use an uptown 4 to complete your trip.  Transfer at 149 St-Grand Concourse or Burnside Av.

4
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, trains run every 16 minutes between 125 St and Woodlawn due to track replacement near 167 St.  The last stop for some trains headed toward Woodlawn is 125 St.  Transfer at 125 St to continue your trip. 

45
From 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, downtown trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to track replacement between 125 St and Grand Central-42 St.  As a reminder, 5 service does not run in Manhattan overnight and will end early on Friday night. 

46
From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, downtown trains skip 33 St, 28 St and 23 St due to electrical improvements between Grand Central and 23 St.  As an alternative, use an uptown 4 local or 6 to complete your trip.  Transfer at 14 St-Union Sq or Grand Central-42 St.

5
Beginning 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, service ends early between E 180 St and Bowling Green due to track replacement.  Take the 2 or 4

5
From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green due to track replacement. 

7
From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, free shuttle buses and efnws trains replace 7 service between 34 St-Hudson Yards and Queensboro Plaza due to track replacement.  7 trains will not run between 34 St-Hudson Yards and Queensboro Plaza.

This weekend, 7 trains will run between Flushing-Main St and Queensboro Plaza.  Use the efnw for service between Manhattan and Queens.  Transfer at Queensboro Plaza 7nw or 74 St-Roosevelt Av 7ef.  Free shuttle buses run along two routes: between 34 St-Hudson Yards and Times Sq-42 St, and between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.  w runs days/evenings; 42 St s Shuttle runs overnight.

ac
From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, uptown a trains run local from W 4 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to track replacement.  Manhattan-bound trains are rerouted via the f from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St. As a reminder, c trains do not run overnight.   

  • For High St, use the nearby York St f station. 
  • For Fulton St, take the e via transfer at W 4 St for service to nearby World Trade Center. 
  • For Chambers St, Canal St, and Spring St, transfer to a downtown a local or cef at W 4 St.  

e
From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, free shuttle buses replace trains between Briarwood and Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer due to track maintenance.  e trains run between World Trade Center and Briarwood, and via the f to/from Jamaica-179 St.  Free shuttle buses will make all e line station stops between Kew Gardens-Union Tpke and Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer.  Transfer between buses and trains at Kew Gardens-Union Tpke or Briarwood.  For service between Manhattan and JFK Airport, take the a to/from Howard Beach-JFK Airport. 

e
From 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Manhattan-bound trains stop at 67 Av, 63 Dr-Rego Park, Woodhaven Blvd, Grand Av-Newtown, and Elmhurst Av due to electrical improvements. 

f
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, Brooklyn-bound trains are rerouted via the e line after 36 St to 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a Queens-bound f train to complete your trip via transfer at 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr or Roosevelt Av.  For Lexington Av/63 St, take the q or transfer to a Queens-bound f train at 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr. 

f
From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, downtown trains skip 23 St and 14 St due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use an uptown f train to complete your trip.  Transfer at W 4 St or 34 St-Herald Sq. 

f
From 6:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, Queens-bound trains run express from Avenue X to 18 Av due to signal improvements.  As an alternative, use a Coney Island-bound f train to complete your trip.  Transfer at 18 Av, Kings Hwy, or Avenue X. 

f
From 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Brooklyn-bound trains will stop at 67 Av, 63 Dr-Rego Park, Woodhaven Blvd, Grand Av-Newtown, and Elmhurst Av due to electrical improvements. 

j
From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, free shuttle buses and/or 46f trains replace j trains between Myrtle Av and Broad St due to structural improvements.  j trains will run between Jamaica Ctr Parsons/Archer and Myrtle Av.  Free shuttle buses will run between Myrtle Av and Delancey-Essex Sts.  Transfer between trains and buses at Myrtle Av and/or Delancey-Essex Sts f.  For service between Delancey-Essex Sts and Broad St, use 6 to/from nearby stations via transfer at Bleeker St/B’way-Lafayette St.  Transfer to/from the 4 at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.  For service to/from Manhattan, use the ac or l via transfer at Broadway Junction. 

j
At all times until summer 2019, trains skip 111 St in both directions due station rehabilitation work.  The elevated 111 St station opened for service in 1917, and its structure has not been replaced since the station was built.  The platform girders at 111 St will be replaced as part of structural improvements at several Jamaica Line stations, that will benefit thousands of customers who rely on the line between Manhattan and Queens, and provide a safe station environment for many more decades to come.  For more details about this critical structural repair project, refer to this press release.  As an alternative, use nearby stations at 104 St or 121 St to complete your trip.  Take the Q56 bus to/from 104 St and 121 St jz stations; free transfer with MetroCard.  Additional free transfers with MetroCard will be available between Q37, Q56 and the subway at 104 St, 121 St, or Woodhaven Blvd stations.  The Q56 will run with enhanced service between 111 St and 121 St.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions click here.

m
From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, free shuttle buses replace m trains due to structural improvements.  m service is suspended.  Free shuttle buses will run along two routes: between Delancey-Essex St and Middle Village-Metropolitan Av, and between Delancey-Essex St and Myrtle Av, where j trains are available to Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer. 

n
At all times until spring 2019, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, and 20 Av, due to station rehabilitation work 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, use a Manhattan-bound n train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Bay Pkwy or 8 Av.  For New Utrecht Av-62 St, take the d instead.  Transfer between n and d trains at 36 St.  

n
At all times until July 2019, trains will run local in both directions between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to structural rehabilitation work to repair and replace steel columns, lighting, ventilators, and deteriorated concrete, and perform water mitigation work to address water seepage in the express tunnel between the 59 St and 36 St stations.  n trains will stop at 53 St and 45 St in both directions.

n
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.

s (42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday to Monday, Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, the 42 St shuttle will operate overnight to provide alternate service due to track replacement on the Flushing 7 Line.

w
From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, special weekend service will run between Whitehall St-South Ferry and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to provide additional service due to track replacement on the Flushing 7 Line.