With up to five inches of snow predicted for the New York City area, the MTA has canceled most of the weekend’s planned GOs. Still, the 7 line shutdown continues. Let’s take a look at what’s going on there.
For the next thirteen — 13! — weekends, there will be no 7 service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square. The shutdown will last each weekend from 11:45 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday. For Presidents Day weekend, the outage will continue until Tuesday morning. Essentially, the weekend of my 30th birthday is the next time the 7 train will run between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza over the weekend.
So why? This is all part of the MTA’s plan to install Communications Based Train Control on the 7 line. This will allow for more frequent service and countdown clocks. Right now, the MTA has to install fiber optics and computer equipment along the entire length of the 7 line, and the MTA is predicting service changes that will last for years. “We realize this will be an inconvenience,” the agency said in a statement, “but the work is necessary to modernize and improve the reliability of the 7 line.”
In the interim, the MTA recommends taking the E, F, N or Q trains. There will be a free shuttle bus between Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza with Q service extended to Astoria-Ditmars during the day. The 42nd St. Shuttle will operate overnight.
Meanwhile, with snow most — but not all — service changes have been canceled. The 7 and some work at Columbus Circle remain. Enjoy:
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, December 28 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 31 (and the next 12 weekends), there is no 7 train service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza due to Flushing Line CBTC. Customers may take the E, N, Q and S (42nd Street shuttle) and free shuttle buses as alternatives.
- Use the E, N or Q* between Manhattan and Queens
- Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza
- In Manhattan, the 42nd Street S Shuttle operates overnight
*Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd.
From 11 p.m. Friday, December 28 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29 and from 11 p.m. Saturday, December 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, December 30 and from 11 p.m. Sunday, December 30 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 31, uptown A trains run express from Canal Street to 125th Street due to ADA-related platform work at 59th Street-Columbus Circle.
From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30, uptown C trains run express from Canal Street to 145th Street due to ADA-related platform work at 59th Street-Columbus Circle.