FASTRACK arrives on the BMT Broadway line


The Broadway Line will be without overnight service this week. (Click to enlarge)

The BMT Broadway line enjoyed a FASTRACK-free 2012, but the pleasures of uninterrupted overnight service come to end this evening at 10 p.m. Until 5 a.m. each night this week, there will be no service along the BMT Broadway line throughout Manhattan. As FASTRACK goes, this is one of the easier treatments with the three-block walk from 59th St. and 5th Ave. to 57th St. on the F representing the longest gap between the Broadway Line and any other train line in Manhattan.

As far as service changes, here’s what’s happening:

  • The N will run between Ditmars Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza and between Stillwell Ave. and Jay St.-Metrotech, making local stops north of 36th St.
  • The Q will run from 57th St./6th Ave. over the Manhattan Bridge via the 6th Ave. line. Q trains will make express stops in Manhattan.
  • R service in Manhattan ends early, and the R shuttle between Bay Ridge and 36th St. will start earlier than normal.

The folks who have it the worst here are those trying to go from Manhattan to Astoria. A simple one-train ride now because a three-seat ride involving a trip up to 42nd St. and a short stint on the 7. Anyone traveling to Brooklyn via the Brighton Line should be able to replicate their usual one-seat ride with a short walk, and those looking for N service can turn to the D instead. All in all, it’s not terrible.

The next FASTRACK treatment will be on the A Line north of 168th Street for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 1.

Categories : Service Advisories

26 Responses to “FASTRACK arrives on the BMT Broadway line”

  1. Someone says:

    Why doesn’t the Q run all the way to 21 St-Queensbridge?

    • Someone says:

      I meant Forest Hills-71 Avenue, sorry.

      • Alex C says:

        While nostalgic and/or cool to see, probably not cost-effective.

      • D.R. Graham says:

        As someone else wisely mentioned a day or two before, that station can only turn around about 20 TPH. The Q would send that number up to 30 which would compromise Brighton Line service. But also the growth in Astoria warrants a second line of services if not more N service and more N service is not really a true possibility when having to compete with space on Broadway (ehhh) but more so on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn.

        When the Q moves to 96th and 2nd in a few years the W will likely have to make a return to assist Astoria with service.

        • Someone says:

          The R doesn’t run to 71 Ave during late nights, and neither does the M. Plus, the E is local on QB late nights, not terminating at 71 Avenue. The Q does have room to end there.

          As for the W, when it gets reactivated, the MTA should extend it from Whitehall Street to Bay Parkway during rush hours.

    • Frank B says:

      Said the same thing. The IND 63rd Street Line is there for a reason. They should bloody use it already.

  2. LLQBTT says:

    It doesn’t seem to say what the Queens Blvd local service is going to be.

  3. alek says:

    Wished for an overnight B service for this fastrack.

    I hope they finally fix the Montauge Tunnel Signal system even the tube is operating but the signal problems has been popping up often.

  4. Mika says:

    Your pic at the top is private.

  5. John-2 says:

    One correction — the Q’s going to 57th and Sixth late night. They’d have to smash a hole in the roof of the D train’s stop on 53rd St. to get the Q from Rockefeller Center to 57th and Seventh.

    They really should run the M overnight to Queens Plaza this week, just to allow for more trains to 23rd-Ely-Court Square for the other transfer option to the 7 for Astoria customers or N riders who transfer to the 7 at QBP.

  6. Matthias says:

    Also, I’m pretty sure the N is running local north of 59th Street.


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