Dec
28

Snow stifles most weekend service changes

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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.



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10 Responses to “Snow stifles most weekend service changes”

  1. alek says:

    Why everytime when a forecast of snow they always cancel the other weekend work and keep the 7 train GO? However that might change later on I read in the local paper that Lunar New Year parade officals are trying to tell the MTA to cancel 2 weekends of work for the parade.

  2. Rick says:

    I know I sound like a noob, but what does GO stand for????

    • R. Graham says:

      General Order. It’s a order for work to be done in the system and the order itself is General because it applies to/affects many different divisions of the system. Rapid Transit Operations which is the division that operates the trains. The C division which is the construction division. Signal and power divisions respectfully are also affected.

    • poetey says:

      i thought it was for the rhyme.

      “Why everytime when a forecast of snow/
      they always cancel the other weekend work and keep the 7 train GO?”

    • Someone says:

      I always thought it stood for General Overhaul, but looks like I was wrong after all.

  3. Kevin Walsh says:

    If only the weathermen can make a bogus snow forecast every weekend.

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