This week’s FASTRACK is no fun for anyone impacted by it. It’s a tough one with alternate service providing circuitous options that could involve significant walking or transfers. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night this week, there will be no train service underneath Central Park West. Here we go:
There will be no A train service between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 168th Street and no D service between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and 161st Street-Yankee Stadium. B and C trains will end early each night. Alternate routes include the 1, 2 and 4 trains, free shuttle buses in northern Manhattan or a special Bx19 bus. The 42nd St. Shuttle will operate all night to provide a connection for stranded riders.
Despite these challenges, the MTA says this FASTRACK, the first to impact the Central Park West stations, has “been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods.” Here are their alternate ideas:
A trains will operate in two sections:
- Between Inwood 207th Street and 168th Street
- Between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and Lefferts Blvd/Far Rockaway
D trains will operate in two sections:
- Between 205th Street and 161st Street-Yankee Stadium
- Between 59th Street-Columbus Circle and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
Customers may take:
- 1 trains for service between Midtown and Washington Heights
- 2 and 4 trains for service between Midtown and the Bronx
- Nearby 1 and 2 stations along Broadway as alternatives to closed stations along Central Park West
The special Bx19 buses will operate between the A and D’s 145th Street/St. Nicholas Avenue stop and the 1 train’s 145th Street/Broadway every 15-20 minutes. Free shuttle buses will operate between Broadway at 168th Street and Broadway at 110th Street, traveling along Broadway, 155th Street, the Harlem River Drive, 135th Street, St. Nicholas Avenue, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 110th Street back to Broadway.
The next FASTRACK comes in October, and it will shutter the BMT Broadway line.