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Service changes, some more temporary than others

by Benjamin Kabak

For the weekend, there’s a lot going on, but before we jump in, there are a whole slew of major advisories that deserver our attention. Here we go.

First up, the G train. For the next four weekends, there is no G train service. Instead, free shuttle buses will operate between Queens Plaza and Jay St. Transit is urging customers to take the R or E instead. The work: switch replacement at Bedford-Nostrand, asbestos removal at Greenpoint Ave., fan plant replacement at Jackson Ave. and various other track maintenance projects.

Next up, the Rockaways. The first part of the Rockaways rehab project was supposed to start wrapping up this week. But delays! The Far Rockaway-bound A platforms at Beach 67th and Beach 44th Streets are scheduled to reopen as planned on Monday, January 18, 2010, but the Manhattan-bound platforms at Beach 105th and Beach 90th Sts. and the Far Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 25th St. won’t open until Monday, January 25.

On the other side, the project is delayed a week as well. The Manhattan-bound A platforms at Beach 25th, Beach 44th and Beach 67th Sts. will close for rehabilitation on Monday, February 1, 2010. The Rockaway-bound platform at Beach 90th and Beach 105th Sts. are still on schedule to close on February 15. Despite this complicated timeline, this work affects relatively few commuters as the Beach stops on the Rockaways are among the least used stations in the system.

Finally, the Brighton Line. This work affects the Q as well. Anyway, on Monday at 5 a.m., the Brighton Beach/Coney Island-bound platforms at Ave. U and Neck Road will reopen. The Manhattan-bound platforms will close for a year. Trains will continue to bypass Aves. H and M until the Fall, and all Brighton Beach-bound B trains will make all local stops.

And now the weekly stuff. As always, these weekend changes come to me via the MTA. They are subject to change without notice. Remember to listen to on-board announcements and check the signs at your local subway station. The Subway Weekender map is available here. Click through for the full list of planned changes.


From 11 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 7 a.m. Saturday, January 16, from 11 p.m. Saturday, January 16 to 8 a.m. Sunday, January 17 and from 11 p.m. Sunday, January 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, 23 trains run local between 96th Street and Chambers Street due to a track chip out at 50th Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January, 18, 3 train service is extended to/from New Lots Avenue due to Fulton Street Transit Center Station Rehabilitation.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, there are no 4 trains between Utica Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge due to Fulton Street Transit Center Station Rehabilitation. For service to Utica Avenue, Franklin Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, customers should take the 3 instead. For service to Nevins Street, Borough Hall, Bowling Green, Wall Street and Fulton Street, customers should take the special J train instead. Note: Special J trains run between Essex Street and Prospect Park.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, there are no 5 trains between Grand Central-42nd Street and Bowling Green due to Fulton Street Transit Center Station Rehabilitation. Customers should take the 4 instead. Note: There are no 4 trains between Utica Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, free shuttle buses replace 7 trains between Flushing-Main Street and Mets-Willets Point due to a track chip out at Main Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, downtown A trains run local from 168th to 125th Streets, then express to 59th Street-Columbus Circle and resume local service to Euclid Avenue due to conduit work for a public address system.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, uptown A trains run local from Euclid Avenue to Canal Street, then express to 59th Street-Columbus Circle, and then local service to 168th Street due to Chambers Street Signal Modernization. Note: Due to track cleaning, from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, Manhattan-bound A trains run express from Utica Avenue to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, January 17, Manhattan-bound A trains run express from Euclid Avenue to Broadway Junction.


From 12:01 a.m. Sunday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 17, free shuttle buses replace the A trains between Euclid Avenue and Lefferts Blvd. due to cable work for communications network system. Free shuttle buses replace S trains between Rockaway Park and Beach 60th Street due to Station Rehabilitation at Beach 105th Street and Beach 90th Street. Shuttle trains run between Rockaway Blvd. and Far Rockaway due to cable work for communications network system. For service to the Rockaways, transfer between the shuttle bus and the shuttle train at Rockaway Blvd.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, there are no C trains running due to Chambers Street Signal Modernization. Customers should take the A instead. Note: A trains run local with exceptions.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, uptown D trains run local from 59th Street-Columbus Circle to 125th Street due to a concrete pour at 110th Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, E trains are re-routed to the F line between West 4th Street and 2nd Avenue due to Chambers Street Signal Modernization. There are no E trains between West 4th Street and World Trade Center.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, E trains run local between Roosevelt Avenue and Forest Hills-71st Avenue due to power cable work for a substation rehabilitation.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, F trains run local between Roosevelt Avenue and Forest Hills-71st Avenue due to power cable work for a substation rehabilitation.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, Manhattan-bound F trains run on the A line from Jay Street to West 4th Street due to track consolidated maintenance.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18 (and the next three weekends), there are no G trains running. For service between Forest Hills-71st Avenue, customers should take the R during the day and the E during the late night hours. This is due to a switch replacement at Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, asbestos removal at Greenpoint Avenue, fan plant work at Jackson Avenue and track maintenance work at various locations. Free shuttle buses run between Queens Plaza and Jay Street. For service to Church Avenue, customers should transfer between the shuttle bus and F trains at Jay Street.


From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, Queens-bound J trains skip Hewes Street, Lorimer Street and Flushing Avenue due to track repairs.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, there are no Q trains between 57th Street-7th Avenue and Times Ssquare-42nd Street due to track tunnel lighting. Customers should take the N instead.


From 11 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 7 a.m. Saturday, January 16, and 11 p.m. Saturday, January 16 to 8 a.m. Sunday, January 17, and from 11 p.m. Sunday, January 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 18, uptown Q trains run local from Canal Street and 34th Street-Herald Square due to track chip out at Union Square.


On Monday, January 18, the Coney Island-bound Q platforms at Avenue U and Neck Road, currently closed for rehabilitation, will reopen.


From 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, R trains are re-routed onto the F between 36th Street (Queens) and 57th Street-7th Avenue (Manhattan) due to track tunnel lighting. For service to Queens Plaza, Lexington Avenue/59th Street and 5th Avenue/59th Street, customers should take the N instead.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, January 16, free shuttle buses replace S trains between Rockaway Park and Beach 60th Street due to Station Rehabilitation at Beach 105th Street and Beach 90th Street.

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6 comments

Ryan O'Horo January 16, 2010 - 12:25 am

“First up, the G train. For the next few weeks, there is no G train service.”

This should probably read “next few weekends”. I was very confused for a moment.

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Kai B January 16, 2010 - 10:45 am

I was on a 4-train the other day and there was an automated announcement on the train, running every few minutes, about the service change to the 4 above. I think this is a rather effective method of communication.

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Kevin January 17, 2010 - 12:16 pm

It’s a new pilot program for the 4 only. If it works, hopefully it’ll expand to the other lines. Though conductors still have to initiate the announcement manually via the TOD. Sometimes, they play the wrong message (on Friday, one C/R played the message that was supposed to be played during the GO only). It’d be nice if they could automate it so it’ll play automatically at specified intervals rather than rely on conductors punching the right message at the right time.

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Chicken Underwear January 18, 2010 - 6:41 am

I still can’t figure out why they repaired Neck Road. A lot of $ could have been saved by removing it.

How many people will enter that station in the next 20 years? How much will it cost to repair?

Maybe it would have been cheaper to pick them up and give them a ride to Ave U?

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Andrew January 18, 2010 - 8:51 am

2008 ridership by station is here:
http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts.....ip_sub.htm

Neck Road’s total 2008 ridership was 1,172,413 – rank 325 out of 422.

Avenue U and Neck Road aren’t terribly close – they’re the same distance apart as Avenue H to Avenue J, and there are plenty of station pairs with similar or even shorter spacing elsewhere. The two close stations on the line are Beverley and Cortelyou.

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Chicken Underwear January 21, 2010 - 7:54 am

I still don’t get it

http://whatyourdonotknowbecaus.....lfway.html

They had a chance to save a lot of money, instead they spent it.

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