MTA Press Releases

Press Release
August 30, 2019
IMMEDIATE
Weekend Subway Service Advisory August 30 to September 3
Service Changes are Part of Subway Action Plan, Station Repairs and Other Ongoing Maintenance, and Upgrade Work for Improvements on Multiple Lines

NYC Subways Operate on a Sunday Schedule on Labor Day, September 2

These weekend service changes are part of the MTA Subway Action Plan, station improvements in Brooklyn, 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. 

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, the New York City Subway will operate on a Sunday schedule.  As a reminder, some subway lines do not run on weekends and some trains will be rerouted due to pre-scheduled maintenance and upgrade work throughout the subway system.  5 trains will run between Bowling Green and Eastchester-Dyre Av.  Express service will not be available on the 6-Diamond7-Diamond, use 67 local trains instead.  Use acd or q trains instead of the b.  Use j local trains instead of j/z skip-stop service.  m trains will run between Metropolitan Av and Essex St (to/from 96 St q after 10 p.m.)  Use nq or r trains instead of the w

As a reminder, MTA NYC Transit is enhancing service this summer on the Rockaway Park/Beach 116 s Shuttle, which is extended to Rockaway Blvd to facilitate beach traffic to the peninsula.  Customers can take any train to connect with the shuttle at Rockaway Blvd.  This seasonal service runs from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, including Labor Day.

Through summer 2020, the MTA is rehabilitating the l tunnel using an improved construction plan that maintains regular weekday and peak hour service for 90 percent of l customers, as weekday and peak hour service are unchanged.  The project minimizes construction-related disruption to riders and communities near the work sites while yielding cost savings due to the revised work plan. Click here for more information. 

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

Through 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.  For a graphical guide to these alternate travel directions click here

2

From 3:30 a.m. to Saturday, Aug. 31, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, free shuttle buses will replace trains between 3 Av-149 St and E 180 St due to electrical improvements.  2 trains will run between E 180 St and 241 St.  Free express/local shuttle buses will run between 149 St-Grand Concourse and E 180 St.  Transfer at 149 St-Grand Concourse 25 and shuttle buses, 3 Av-149 St 2 and shuttle bus, and/or E 180 St 25 and shuttle bus. 

234

From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 234 trains will skip Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum in both directions due to the West Indian-American Day Parade.  As an alternative, use the nearby Grand Army Plaza or Franklin Av stations instead.   

4

From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 4 trains will stop at Grand Amy Plaza and Bergen St in both directions due to the West Indian-American Day Parade. 

2

Through September 2019, Manhattan-bound trains skip Sterling St due to station rehabilitation work.  For service to Sterling St, take a 2 train to President St and transfer to a Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College-bound 2.  Or, use nearby Winthrop St or President St stations instead.  From this station, take a 2 train to Winthrop St and transfer to a Manhattan-bound 2.   

5

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, free shuttle buses will replace trains between 149 St-Grand Concourse and E 180 St due to electrical improvements.  5 trains will run between Bowling Green and 149 St-Grand Concourse and between E 180 St and Eastchester Dyre Av.  Free express/local shuttle buses will run between 149 St-Grand Concourse and E 180 St.  Transfer at 149 St-Grand Concourse 25 and shuttle buses, 3 Av-149 St 2 and shuttle bus, and/or E 180 St 25 and shuttle bus. 

5

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 5 trains will run every 20 minutes between Bowling Green and 149 St-Grand Concourse due to electrical improvements.  As a reminder, the Eastchester-Dyre Av bound platform at Gun Hill Rd is closed until September 2019 due to ongoing station rehabilitation work. 

5

Through September 2019, Eastchester-Dyre Av bound trains skip Gun Hill Rd due to station rehabilitation work.  When finished, this will yield a better travel experience for customers, including the installation of a mezzanine to platform elevator, providing mobility impaired customers with better accessibility.  Rehabilitation work will consist of the expansion and reconfiguration of the control house, a new booth, a larger unpaid area, new ADA signage and cameras throughout the station, new station entrance and retail configuration, reconstructed platforms, new ADA boarding areas and tactile platform warning strips, new ADA hand railings along the platform staircases and modifications to the platform canopies to accommodate the new elevator shafts.

In order to accomplish the repair and reconstruction of the platforms within a safe environment, the northbound side of this station will be closed for approximately six months.  For service to this station, take the 5 to Baychester Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound 5.  For service from this station, take the 5 to Pelham Pkwy and transfer to an Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5.

6

From 3:45 a.m.  Saturday, Aug. 31, to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, downtown trains will skip Buhre Av, Middletown Rd, Westchester Sq, Zerega Av, and Castle Hill Av due to track replacement.  As an alternative, use an uptown 6 train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Parkchester or Pelham Bay Park.     

6

From 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, trains will run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track replacement.  The last stop for some uptown trains will be 3 Av-138 St.  Transfer at 3 Av-138 St to continue your trip. 

a

From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, trains will run local in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St due to track maintenance. 

a

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, uptown trains will skip Spring St, 23 St, and 50 St due to flood mitigation.  As an alternative, use a downtown a local or c or e train to complete your trip.  Transfer at 59 St-Columbus Circle ac, 42 St/Port Authority, 34 St-Penn Station, 14 St, W 4 St, or Canal St.  As a reminder, c trains do not run during the late nights.    

a

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, the Rockaway Park/Beach 116 St S shuttle service will be extended to Rockaway Blvd to facilitate beach traffic to the peninsula.  Customers can take any a train to connect with the shuttle at Rockaway Blvd.  This seasonal service will also be available on Labor Day.  For more information on how to take MTA services to the beach, refer to this prior press release.

b

Beginning 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, service will end early due to track maintenance.  Take cd and/or q trains instead.  As a reminder, b trains do not run on weekends.

c

From 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday to Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, trains will not run between 145 St and 168 St due to track maintenance.  Use a trains instead.  c trains will run between Euclid Av and 145 St.  Transfer to/from the a at 125 St or 145 St.  a trains will run local in both directions between 59 St and 168 St. 

c

From 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, uptown trains will skip 135 St due to track maintenance.  Take the a or d instead.  Transfer between trains at 125 St. 

d

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Norwood-205 St bound trains will skip 182-183 Sts, due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a Coney Island-bound d train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Fordham Rd or Tremont Av. 

d

From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, trains will run local in both directions between 145 St and 59 St-Columbus Circle due to track maintenance. 

e

From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, uptown trains will skip Spring St and 23 St due to flood mitigation work.  As an alternative, use a downtown a local, c or e train to complete your trip.  Transfer at 34 St-Penn Station, 14 St, W 4 St, or Canal St. 

f

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains will be rerouted via the e line after 36 St to 47-50 Sts due to track maintenance.  For service to bypassed fstations, take f to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a 179 St-bound f train.  From 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the f to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound f.  From Lexington Av/63 St, take the m or q to 34 St-Herald Sq and transfer to a Coney Island-bound f.  From 57 St, use nearby 57 St-7 Av nqr station for downtown service to 34 St-Herald Sq where Coney Island-bound f service is available.    

f

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Manhattan-bound f trains will skip 169 St due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a 179 St-bound f train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Parsons Blvd or 179 St.

j

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, trains will not run between Broad St and Chambers St due to track maintenance.  Use the 4 or 5.  Use the 45 at nearby Fulton St, Wall St, or Bowling Green stations instead.  Transfer at Chambers St-Brooklyn Bridge. 

l

Through summer 2020, l trains will run every 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan, in both directions on weekends and weeknights.  Within Brooklyn, l trains run every 10 minutes in both directions on weekends from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.  NYC Transit encourages customers to take advantage of extensive and robust options in its alternative service plan for quicker travel or to avoid crowds.  A dedicated website on the  Project is available with trip planning tools, information on the project and travel guides for L stations from 8 Av to Lorimer St. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for a weekly email newsletter on the  Project to get progress updates and reach Transit staff with feedback or questions.  For more information, visit https://new.mta.info/l-project.  

The alternate service options include: 

  • The Williamsburg Link B91A bus service will be ending permanently on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 a.m. You can use the B62, Q59, or Q54 instead.
  • Enhanced subway service on gm and 7 lines on weeknights and weekends, including extended m
  • Enhanced bus service on 14th Street, including additional weeknight and weekend M14A bus service to Delancey/Essex St for links to fjm
  • Free subway transfers to make connections easier between Livonia St l and Junius St 3, and from Broadway gto Hewes St jm or Lorimer St jm.

m

Through summer 2020, service ends at approximately 10 p.m. between Forest Hills-71 Av and 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr due to ongoing signal modernization work along the Queens Boulevard corridor.  For Queens, take the r.  For Court Sq-23 St, Lexington Av-53 St, and 5 Av/53 St, take the e.  Transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq mr or W 4 St em.

m

To provide enhanced alternate service during the l Project, from 10 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and from 6 a.m. Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, special weekend m service will run between Metropolitan Av and 47-50 Sts, via the f to/from Lexington Av/63 St, and via the q to/from 96 St. 

n

From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, trains will stop at 53 St and 45 St in both directions due to station improvements. 

n

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, trains will be rerouted via the q (Manhattan Bridge) in both directions between DeKalb Av and Canal St due to track maintenance.  Trains will not stop at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall.  Use nearby 4 stations via transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and/or 14 St-Union Sq. 

n

Through December 2019, trains skip Astoria Blvd in both directions due to station renewal work to add four new elevators and other accessibility features, as well as demolish and rebuild the station mezzanine with more vertical clearance to over-height vehicles traveling below the station structure.  When this project is completed in late 2020, the Astoria Blvd station will have two street-to-mezzanine elevators, two mezzanine-to-platform elevators, a new station mezzanine, repaired or replaced structural columns and foundations, repaired concrete platform surfaces, new street and platform stairs, new platform stair enclosures, and new platform canopies and mezzanine overpass walkway canopies.  Lights, signs and gates will also be replaced.  The new station structure will be reinforced to support the weight of the new elevators and facilities.  For more details about this critical structural repair project, refer to this prior press release.  For information on improvement projects on the Astoria Line, refer to this prior press release.   

As an alternative, use nearby stations use nearby stations at 30 Av or Ditmars Blvd.  Take nw to Queensboro Plaza, then 7 to 74 St-Roosevelt Av, or take the efr to 74 St-Roosevelt Av.  As a reminder, r trains operate days/evenings only, and mw trains do not run overnight or on the weekend.  M60 SBS customers are advised to use the LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS instead, which is operating fare-free through Labor Day, Sept. 2.  The LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS serves the 74 St-Roosevelt Av station.

nq

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, downtown trains will skip 28 St, 23 St, 8 St-NYU, and Prince St due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use an uptown nq local or r train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Canal St, 14 St-Union Sq, or 34 St Herald Sq.

r

From 9:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and from 6 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday to Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, downtown trains will skip 28 St, 23 St, 8 St-NYU, and Prince St due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use an uptown n or r train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Canal St, 14 St-Union Sq, or 34 St-Herald Sq. 

r

From 9:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and from 6 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday to Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, Manhattan-bound trains will skip 65 St, Northern Blvd, 46 St, Steinway St, and 36 St due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a Jamaica Center-bound e local or Forest Hills-71 Av r train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Queens Plaza, or Roosevelt Av. 

r

From 10:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and from 6 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, trains will be rerouted via the q (Manhattan Bridge) in both directions between DeKalb Av and Canal St due to track maintenance.  Trains will not stop at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall.  Use nearby 4 stations via transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and/or 14 St-Union Sq. 

s 42 St Shuttle

Through 2020, shuttles will run less frequently, and some tracks will be periodically taken out of service due to rehabilitation work including a historic transformation, that includes replacing the Times Square Shuttle terminal with a larger and accessible station, reconfiguring platforms at Grand Central, and modernizing shuttle train operations.  The project will result in a 42 St Shuttle that is fully accessible, has more capacity and is easier for customers to use.

As an alternative, take the 7 between Grand Central-42 St and Times Sq-42 St.  Customers at Times Sq-42 St, who usually take the shuttle to the 456, can take the nqr to 14 St-Union Sq or nr to Lexington Av-59 St instead.  For more information regarding this project refer to this prior press release or visit this webpage on the work. 

w

Beginning 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, service will end early due to track maintenance.  Take the n or r.  As a reminder, w trains do not run on weekends.