Sep
14

SAS blasting resumes; weekend service advisories

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After a three-week pause in blasting, the MTA resumed full work at the 72nd St. station cavern on Friday. Following the August 21 incident that shattered windows and sent debris flying, Transit conducted a full review [pdf] of their contractors’ blasting procedures before resuming work.

“We have completed our review of the incident and have implemented a number of corrective actions. From this moment forward, blasting operations will be subject to additional management scrutiny and enhanced safety procedures to ensure that the community and workers are kept safe,” Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction, said in a statement.

The corrective measures, according to the report, includes a license suspension. The Blaster-In-Charge has been suspended, and the MTA will license a new blaster instead. With this and other protocols in place, blasting will pick up again.

And now the service advisories. The Broadway/Lafayette-Bleecker St. connection still isn’t open. Chew on that for a few days.


From 4 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 16, downtown 2 trains run express from East 180th Street to 3rd Avenue-149th Street due to track panel installation south of Prospect Avenue.


From 6 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 16, there is no 3 train service between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue due to switch renewal south of New Lots Avenue and track panel installation at Sutter Avenue. 4 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. 3 trains run between 148th Street and Franklin Avenue and via the 2 line between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue

  • Take 4 trains between Franklin Avenue and Utica Avenue (trains make local stops)
  • Transfer between the 3 and 4 trains at Franklin Avenue
  • Free shuttle buses operate between Utica Avenue and New Lots Avenue
  • Transfer between 4 trains and free shuttle buses at Utica Avenue

Reminder: From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m., the 3 operates between 148th Street and Times Square-42nd Street only.


From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., September 15, 3 trains run local in both directions between 96th Street and 72nd Street due to repair and replacement of roof beams at 79th and 86th Streets.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, downtown 4 trains skip 138th Street-Grand Concourse due to station rehabilitation at 149th Street-Grand Concourse.


From 4 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 16, there are no 4 trains between Utica Avenue and New Lots Avenue due to switch renewal south of New Lots Avenue and track panel installation at Sutter Avenue. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

  • 4 operates between Woodlawn and Utica Avenue, making local stops between Franklin Avenue and Utica Avenue
  • Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Utica Avenue


From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, there are no 5 trains between East 180th Street and Bowling Green due to track panel installation south of Prospect Avenue. 5 trains operate between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street.
For service between:

  • East 180th Street and 149th Street-Grand Concourse, take the 2 instead.
  • 149th Street-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green, take the 4 instead.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, downtown 6 trains run express from Parkchester to 3rd Avenue-138th Street due to ADA work at Hunts Point Avenue.


From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, Manhattan-bound 7 trains skip 111th, 103rd, 90th and 82nd Sts due to installation of cable bracket trays between 74th Street-Broadway and 111th Street for Flushing CBTC.


From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Saturday, September 15, downtown A trains skip 163rd, 155th and 135th Sts due to scraping and painting of track ceilings.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 5 a.m., Monday, September 17, 207th Street-bound A trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay Street-MetroTech to West 4th Street, then run local to 59th Street-Columbus Circle due to track work between High Street and Fulton Street.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 168th Street-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay Street-MetroTech to West 4th Street due to track work between High Street and Fulton Street.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, there is no D train service between Atlantic Av-Barclays Center and 34th Street-Herald Square due to NYC DOT Manhattan Bridge inspection, truss bearing replacement and graffiti removal. Customers should take the F, N, R or special shuttle train instead.
D service operates as follows:

  • Between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, via the R line between Atlantic Av-Barclays Center and Whitehall Street.
  • Between 34th Street-Herald Square and 205th Street
  • Special shuttle service operates every 20 minutes between Grand Street and West 4th Street, with a stop at Broadway-Lafayette St.

Note: Trains run local in both directions between 36th Street and Whitehall Street.


From 10 p.m. Friday, September 14 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47th-50th Sts to Roosevelt Avenue due to station work at Lexington Avenue-63rd Street for SAS project.


From 4 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 16, there is no J train service between Crescent Street and Jamaica Center due to structural steel repair and painting north of Cypress Hills. J trains operate between Chambers Street and Crescent Street. Free shuttle buses and E trains provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses operate between Crescent Street and 121st Street, and connect with the E at Jamaica-Van Wyck, where service to/from Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Center is available.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, downtown N trains run express from 34th Street-Herald Square to Canal Street due to track work at 14th Street.


From 10 p.m. Friday, September 14 to 5 a.m. Monday, September 17, uptown Q trains run local from Canal Street to 34th Street-Herald Square due to electronic systems installation at Herald Square.


From 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, downtown R trains run express from 34th Street-Herald Square to Canal Street due to track work at 14th Street.



5 Responses to “SAS blasting resumes; weekend service advisories”

  1. David Brown says:

    Prediction: The Connector will be open 1st week of October, after the end of the month, 6th Avenue “Fast Track” is completed.

  2. alek says:

    I noticed that for the D GO I thought they did the Manhattan Bridge inspection a few weeks ago. Now again?

  3. Jerrold says:

    I was walking on East 47th St. today, and the Grand Central entrance on 47th between Park and Lexington looked finished. I asked a workman there about when it will open, and he said it opens Monday.

    Ben, if that turns out to be correct, it will deserve an article on this blog. (Especially because that entrance/exit will eventually connect also to the new LIRR platforms at Grand Central.)

  4. petey says:

    i live on 84th street, and i can feel the blasting under 2nd ave.

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