Oct
31

Marathon weekend madness

By · Published in 2008

This is going to be some weekend in New York City.

We’re kicking things off tonight with one of the craziest nights of the year. When Halloween falls on a Friday, the city is in for a treat. At the stroke of midnight, the subways turn back into pumpkins as the myriad service alerts listed below go into effect. But it’s not a terrible weekend.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, the ING New York City Marathon hits the streets of the five boroughs, and the MTA has you covered. New York City Transit has released a a subway map of ideal viewing locations.

“We wanted to create a comprehensive guide that allows customers to easily navigate our system on the day of the race,” Paul J. Fleuranges, vice president of corporate communications at NYC Transit, said. “And we especially wanted to make marathon participants and their supporters aware that all of our downtown trains will be operating on their normal routes to Lower Manhattan.”

Sounds good to me. And now, on to the good stuff. Remember: These are subject to change and are only planned service advisories. Sometimes, the listing is 100 percent accurate; sometimes, things change over the weekend. Listen to announcements on the train.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Sunday, November 2, there are no 2 trains between 96th Street and 241st Street due to several jobs, including track chip-out north of 135th Street, and communication and cable installations. Free shuttle buses replace the 2 between 96th Street and 149th Street-Grand Concourse. 5 trains replace the 2 between 149th Street-Grand Concourse and 241st Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Sunday, November 2, there are no 3 trains running due to a track chip-out north of 135th Street station. Free shuttle buses and 24 trains provide alternate service.


From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 2, Manhattan-bound 4 trains skip 176th Street, Mt. Eden Avenue, 170th, 167th, 161st, and 138th Sts. due to cable installation south of Burnside Avenue.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Sunday, November 2, 7 trains run in two sections due to switch renewal north of Willets Point:

  • Between Times Square-42nd Street and Willets Point-Shea Stadium and
  • Between Willets Point-Shea Stadium and Flushing-Main Street


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, there are no C trains running. Customers should take the A instead. Uptown A trains run local from Euclid Avenue to 168th Street. Downtown A trains run local from 168th Street to West 4th Street, then on the F line to Jay Street, then resume local service to Euclid Avenue. These changes are due to Chambers Street Signal Modernization.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, Manhattan-bound D trains skip 167th, 161st, and 155th Sts. due to tunnel lighting installation.


From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, free shuttle buses replace D trains between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and Bay Parkway due to light pole installation at Stillwell Yard.


From 12:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, November 1, E trains run local between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue due to electrical work.


From 12:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, November 1, Jamaica-bound ER trains run express from Queens Plaza to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue due to installation of track drains.


From 12:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, November 1, F trains run local between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue due to electrical work.


From 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, there are no G trains between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Long Island City-Court Square. Customers should take the E or R instead.


From 1 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, J trains run in two sections due to structural work at Canal Street:

  • Between Jamaica Center and Essex Street and
  • Between Essex Street and Chambers Street


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, free shuttle buses replace L trains between Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. due to the replacement of the old concrete roadbed at Bushwick Avenue-Aberdeen Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 3, N and Q trains run on the R between DeKalb Avenue and Canal Street due to the biennial inspection of the Manhattan Bridge.



Categories : Service Advisories

2 Responses to “Marathon weekend madness”

  1. Michael says:

    I have run the Marathon ever year since 1993. It is not written anywhere, but the police will hold the service gate open for anybody wearing a race number or wrapped in a metallic blanket on race day. It’s not that I save any money any more cause I use an unlimited metrocard, but it is a great honor.

  2. Michael says:

    I had to pay this year. The clerk in the booth at W79 and Broadway was young. I was too tired to tell her to let me in.

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