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Weekend work affecting 17 subway lines

by Benjamin Kabak

I’ve not forgotten about you this weekend, loyal readers. I’ve been dealing with an eye problem that’s made staring at computer screens a bit of a challenge this week.

Anyway, before I launch into the changes, take note of the work on the N. The MTA has to suspend Astoria subway service because, after nearly 100 years, Astoria residents started complaining the trains — which were there long before any of them — were too loud. So this is noise mitigation work. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but a voice in the back of my head is whispering “NIMBY NIMBY NIMBY” over and over again.

Here are the weekend changes, better late than never.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2 trains run local in both directions between 34 St Penn Station and Chambers St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St Penn Station and Chambers St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 4 trains are suspended between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Woodlawn due to track panel installation at Bedford Pk Blvd and 161 St Yankee Stadium. Take D trains and free shuttle buses between 149 St-Grand Concourse and 161 St Yankee Stadium.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 6, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Dyre Av and Bowling Green due to track maintenance north of Grand Central-42 St. Bowling Green-bound 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station renewal work at Castle Hill Ave and Middletown Rd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 7 trains run express between Mets-Willets Point and 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC signal work.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, A trains are suspended between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av in both directions due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av. We advise customers who are travelling to the Wood Memorial Stakes horse race at the Aqueduct Racetrack to take a J or L train to Broadway Junction, where they can transfer to an A train for service to the Aqueduct Racetrack.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, C trains are suspended between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Bronx-bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from Coney Island Stillwell Av to 36 St due to inspection of arch ceilings.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 6, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills 71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, track maintenance south of 36th St and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Manhattan-bound E skip Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd and Forest Hills 71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the E from Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Ave.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Jamaica 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av. Queens-bound G trains will not stop at Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, 7 Av, and 4 Av-9 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, N trains are suspended between Astoria Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to switch work south of Ditmars Blvd. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Astoria Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Kings Hwy due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av.


From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills 71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, track maintenance south of 36th St and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.

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6 comments

alek April 5, 2014 - 2:39 pm

I’m just wondering why the MTA decided to do the 7 work since the Mets are playing this week.

Since the 7 is running express to 74th street will that impact the “super-express” service when the Mets finished playing? Usually I see the express trains all lined up at center track waiting. Hopefully that won’t be screwed up with the work.

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Christopher April 5, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Noise pollution is a sign that the system isn’t working properly. Like all pollution. That’s a real quality of life issue that the MTA and the city should be continually concerned with.

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Patrick O'Hara April 5, 2014 - 5:39 pm

But “noise pollution” is a very subjective thing. Certain groups of NIMBYs would think that a subway el rattling on the complete other side of the city is considered noise pollution, but it doesn’t mean it’s “noise pollution.”

If you can scientifically prove that the noise has gotten substantially worse in recent years (i.e. noticeably louder than it was when the people moved in there, since it’s not like an elevated sprouted up one random afternoon), then it should be something that should be looked into, but I have a feeling that is not the case.

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Ed Varga April 5, 2014 - 10:05 pm

The N train noise mitigation in Astoria was needed with respect to placement of mufflers on airbrakes. The shriek of airbrakes when the train pulls into the terminal Ditmars station is to be dreaded, and much louder than noises at other elevated stops on the N.

This blog (or was it commenters) have mentioned that NIMBY’s shouldn’t oppose new elevated tracks because new technology has made it quieter. Isn’t noise mitigation exactly what should be done to showcase that and convert some NIMBY’s? Giuliani era opposition to a LaGuardia extension should not define a rapidly changing neighborhood like Astoria as forever unworthy of MTA resources.

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Dimitri April 5, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Hi small change C trains run to the 2 ave F station, I was on it myself today

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Spendmor Wastemor April 6, 2014 - 7:01 pm

No fan of NIMBY am I, but the sound of subway trains on an old metal El is a grating, degrading din. Acoustic engineering is a well established science and I’d be willing to bet that simple measures at track rebuild time could dull the sound a bit.

I don’t like the shriek-complain-fix cycle tho: MTA should look at how loud the El is compared to the background noise in a residential district, then aim the noise reduction where the train is the largest source of background noise.

I wonder if air-brake “Chooo” could be dealt with by a baffle under the tracks at one stop, rather than mechanical changes which have to be designed, tested and possibly maintained on every train.

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