Tonight’s FASTRACK promises to be one of the more disruptive ones as the Queens Boulevard line gets its due. Starting tonight at 10 p.m. and continuing each night this week until 5 a.m., there will be major disruptions along the E, F, M and R lines. The 7 and N trains as well as free shuttle buses in Queens will pick up the slack, but travel times will be a bit longer for many Queens- and Manhattan-bound riders who rely on the those IND lines.
Here’s the story in handy-to-follow bullet points as trains will operate as follows:
- E in Queens only between Jamaica Center and 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue
- F in two sections:
- Between 179th Street and Roosevelt Avenue and
- Between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge.
So how does one get around? Well, the MTA offers up these lovely suggestions:
- Take the 7 between Manhattan and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza
- Take the N between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza
- In Manhattan, transfer at 5th Avenue/42nd Street-Bryant Park for the 7 or F, Times Square-42nd Street/42nd Street-Port Authority for the 7 or A, and 34th Street-Herald Square for the F or N
- In Manhattan along 8th Avenue, take the A local instead of the E
- Take free shuttle buses running LOCAL between Queensboro Plaza and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36th Street, Steinway Street, 46th Street, Northern Blvd and 65th Street
- In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue for the 7, E and F or Queensboro Plaza for the 7 and N
The utter silence on tonight’s FASTRACK from most media outlets makes me think New York City subway riders have simply accepted this program as a necessary evil, and in a way, it is. Tonight’s though is a challenge. It will impact late-night JFK-bound travelers and many folks just trying to get to Queens. Allow lots of extra time.