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Sander, weekend service changes not going away

by Benjamin Kabak

Current MTA CEO and Executive Director Elliot Sander was one of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s more prominent appointees. Sander, a celebrated transit expert, replaced a real estate maven and has brought more accountability and responsibility to the MTA.

When Spitzer stepped down, speculation ran rampant through Albany that Gov. David Patterson would replace some of Spitzer’s top appointees with his own men. When Anthony Shorris was ousted as head of the Port Authority, Sander’s job looked like it could have been on the line too. But Patterson wouldn’t replace a highly-qualified Sander at the head of the MTA.

As the Times Herald-Record — a three-named newspaper — reported this week, Sander will be sticking around as head of the MTA. “Lee is committed to remaining at the MTA and he has the full confidence of the governor,” MTA Spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.

Sounds good to me. I’ve longed believed that Sander is the right man for the job, and despite the public beating it takes, the MTA has shown signs of improvement under his reign.

And now on with the weekend service changes.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, downtown 1 and 2 trains skip 66th, 59th and 50th Streets due to station rehabilitation at 59th Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, uptown 15 trains skip 79th and 86th Streets due to station rehabilitation at 96th Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, uptown 2 trains replace the 5 from Nevins to 149th Street and uptown 5 trains replace the 2 from Chambers Street to 149th Street. These changes are due to several projects, including station rehab work at Chambers Street and Wall Street and tunnel lighting work in the Clark Street tunnel. – You gotta do that whole “switch at Bowling Green” thing here. More details available here.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, there are no 3 trains running between New Lots Avenue and 14th Street due to tunnel lighting work in the Clark Street tunnel. Customers should take the 4 train instead.


From 4 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Bronx-bound 4 trains skip 170th Street, Mt. Eden Avenue, and 176th Street due to track panel installation between 167th Street and Burnside Avenue stations.


From 11 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, downtown 4, 5 and 6 trains run express from 125th to Grand Central due to a concrete pour on tracks between 86th and 96th Street stations.


From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Manhattan-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to switch replacement south of Pelham Bay Park station.


From 11 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, free shuttle buses replace trains between Far Rockaway and Beach 90th Street due to track panel installation between Beach 67th Street and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stations.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, there is no C train service between 145th Street and 168th Street. Customers should take the A instead. Free shuttle buses replace A trains between 168th Street and 207th Street. Transfer is available between the Broadway or Ft. Washington Avenue shuttle buses and A trains at 168th Street. These service changes are necessary due to tunnel lighting between 168th and 207th Street and roadbed replacement at 175th Street.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, uptown AC trains skip Spring, 23rd and 50th Streets due to Chambers Street signal modernization.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, Bronx-bound D trains run local from West 4th Street to 34th Street due to track conduit and cable work between 47th-50th Streets and 57th Street stations.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, there are no E trains between West 4th Street and World Trade Center due to Chambers Street signal modernization. Customers should take the A instead.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound ER trains run express from Roosevelt Avenue to Forest Hills-71st Avenue due to conduit work between Roosevelt Avenue and Forest Hills-71st Avenue stations.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound F trains run on the E line from West 4th Street to Roosevelt Avenue due to track conduit and cable work between 47th-50th Streets and 57th Street stations.


From 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, there are no G trains between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Court Square due to conduit work between Roosevelt Avenue and Forest Hills-71st Avenue stations. Customers should take the E or R trains instead.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, there are no L trains between 8th Avenue and Union Square due to concrete chip-out between 3rd Avenue and Bedford Avenue stations. Customers should take the M14 bus instead.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, L trains run in two sections due to concrete chip-out between 3rd Avenue and Bedford Avenue stations:

  • Between Union Square and Bedford Avenue every 16 minutes, skipping 3rd Avenue in both directions and
  • Between Bedford Avenue and Rockaway Parkway every 8 minutes


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28, Brooklyn-bound NR trains are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue due to subway tunnel rehabilitation between Prince and Whitehall Streets.


From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, Q trains run in two sections due to rail renewal between Ocean Parkway and Stillwell Avenue stations:

  • Between 57th Street and Brighton Beach and
  • Between Brighton Beach and Stillwell Avenue.

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