Aug
08

Sandy repairs for the A/C’s Cranberry Tube as weekend work affects 12 subway lines

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This weekend marks another milestone in the MTA’s ongoing post-Sandy repairs. It’s the first of ten weekends this year during which the A and the C will not run through the Cranberry Tube. All service will instead be rerouted via the F line between West 4th St. and Jay St.-Metrotech. Transit notes that over 1.5 billion gallons of water flooded this tunnel during the storm.

This phase of the repair project is, unsurprisingly, starting a few months later than expected and will not wrap until mid-2016. There will be ten weekends this year without service through the tube and 30 more planned for next year. The MTA is hoping to wrap the project and restore service early, as the agency was able to do with the R train. All in all, this isn’t a terrible project as nearby subway lines can carry the load.

Meanwhile, here are the other changes on tap for your Saturday and Sunday travels:


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from to Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, A trains run local in both directions between W4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, E trains are suspended in both directions between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Briarwood. Free shuttle buses operate between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Union Tpke, stopping at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Jamaica-Van Wyck, and Briarwood. For additional connections between Manhattan and Jamaica Center, consider the A and J via a transfer at Broadway Junction.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, World Trade Center-bound E trains Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Still Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted via the R line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Canal St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip 49 St.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.


From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, 57 St-7 Av bound Q trains are rerouted via the R line from DeKalb Av to Canal St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains skip 49 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 45 St and 53 St. 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 49 St.



Categories : Service Advisories

14 Responses to “Sandy repairs for the A/C’s Cranberry Tube as weekend work affects 12 subway lines”

  1. Michael says:

    I really do not like to be critical, however it appears that the travel advisory information presented above is for the weekend of August 1 to 2, last weekend.

  2. Ralfff says:

    On the subject of tunnel closures, those Village Voice articles you posted talked about how the CBTC projects are taking too long, in particular, the case of the 7 train right now, which seemed to have some Sandy-related closures and some CBTC-related closures. Is it mutually exclusive to do Sandy-related work while building CBTC infrastructure?

  3. Nyland8 says:

    Are all these dates current?

  4. Abba says:

    Looks like the express run from Grand Central to Brooklyn Bridge was cancelled.

  5. Yan says:

    I really dont understand why these just dont close one tube at a time, and have the A and C run via the F until West 4th. That way, the work gets done quicker

    • Yan says:

      Like close the Manhattan bound tube, have the displaced A and C run Via the F to West 4th, then vice versa

    • Eric says:

      This would mean having the A, C, F, and M sharing the Houston St local tracks. But if this decreased the construction time significantly, it might be worth it.

      • Brooklynite says:

        The A+C+F+M during the rush is 50tph at least. However, with some creativity it could be done. All of the following assumes one tunnel would be open at all times and the other closed at all times.

        -A trains run via Rutgers southbound 12mid to 12pm and northbound 12pm to 12mid.
        -C trains run the same as A trains. However, from 8-9am Brooklyn-bound C trains will terminate at Chambers on the closed-tunnel track and layup between there and Fulton. During this time trains stored between High St and Jay will be used to provide Euclid-bound C service in Brooklyn. Between 5 and 6 pm this will repeat but in the other direction: Manhattan-bound trains will terminate at Jay and layup, while layed-up trains between Fulton and Chambers will enter 168th St-bound C service.
        -F trains will operate as normal.
        -M trains will operate as normal, except that select contrapeak runs will be terminated at Whitehall (southbound) (signed as R) or Chambers (northbound).

        • bigbellymon4 says:

          How are you terminating trains at Whitehall? If you run them through the 60th street tube, that tube is already at capacity

          • Brooklynite says:

            The 60th St tunnel runs less than 25tph during the rush hour. It is not at capacity. If necessary, some northbound Q trains can turn short at 57th St. This would ease congestion at Ditmars terminal as well.

      • Tower18 says:

        Yeah, you can’t do this weekdays. I thought Yan’s suggestion was to do *weekend* work in only one tube at a time.

        • Brooklynite says:

          It’s possible on weekdays too. Heck, in 1998 Lenox was single-tracked for several months, with a service pattern similar to my proposal. 2 trains ran via Lex in the ‘wrong’ direction, and with the exception of about 10 trains each way in the rush hour peak direction all 3 service ran to 137th St.

  6. Abba says:

    Can it be done in one or 2 weeks.If so maybe they could do a full shutdown.

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