Archive for Service Advisories

First, a survey: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a North Brooklyn-based advocacy group, is conducting a transportation survey for those who live in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you fit the bill, head on over to their website to answer some questions about how much you love or hate the G train, what the city could do to improve street safety, and the reach of Citi Bike. (For background, check out this DNA Info story.) Now, onto the service advisories.


From 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 137 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. AC, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, Wakefield-241 St bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 12, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, E 180 St-bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.


Beginning 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13 until January 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

  • For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A. From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.
  • For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A. From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, A trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between 80 St and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 168 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W 4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, E trains run local in Queens.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, F trains run local in Queens.


From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs. The last stop for some G trains headed toward Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs. To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to a Court Sq-bound G train.


From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Essex St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St and/or Essex St. For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the AC or L via a free transfer at Broadway Junction. J service operates in two sections:

  • Between Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer and Hewes St.
  • Between Essex St and Chambers St, every 15 minutes.


From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. Take the JL and/or free shuttle buses instead. For direct service to/from Brooklyn, consider using the L via free transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av.

Franklin Av Shuttle
From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 11, S Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

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So I had a back-and-forth with the MTA about these service advisories. I noted last week that the press office is no longer providing a reason for the changes, and as I said then, I and a few others liked seeing why our trains were rerouted, running local or being bustituted every weekend. The press office said to me that gathering all that information took up too much of their time, and so now we have service advisories without that information. I still prefer the added info.

Before I delve in, let me think to a Times piece on subway construction. You may think this would turn into a piece on why everything is so costly and takes so long and how initial planning for the Second Ave. Subway led to this foolish phased build-out, but you would be wrong. It is instead a piece of tropes that won’t die. West Siders want the 7 line extension; Upper East Siders are again complaining about subway construction. They’ll love the Second Ave. line once it opens, but for now you have people who didn’t adequately prepare for construction moaning about it. Same old, same old in the land of NIMBYs.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, Harlem-148 St bound 3 trains run local from 72 St to 96 St.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.


From 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, October 4 and from 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, 7 trains operate in two sections:

  • Between Times Sq-42 St and Mets-Willets Point.
  • Between Mets-Willets Point and Flushing-Main St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 168.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St and 55 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, E trains run local in Queens.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local in Queens.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Long Island City-Court Sq bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer bound J trains run express from Myrtle Av to Broadway Junction.

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A short while ago, I got home from a screening of The Warriors at BAM. This was the first showing of BAM’s Retro Metro film festival, and if tonight’s crowd is any indication, the series is going to be a huge hit. The 9:45 screening of The Warriors was packed, and I imagine Sunday’s screenings of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 will be as well. I’m aiming to see the 2:30 showing. Say hi if you see me. Meanwhile, the full listings are on BAM’s site. Can you dig it?

As a note on the weekend service advisories, these always are sent to me by the MTA’s press office, and lately, they’ve removed the entrance sentence concerning why trains are rerouted. I’ve always enjoyed that line as it shows that the MTA is implementing these weekend changes for a reason, and I think omitting it creates a gap between the public’s understanding of what’s happening and the MTA’s need to make changes. I’ll see if I can find out why that information is no longer included with these emails. Meanwhile, here’s the extensive slate of changes.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Wakefield-241 St-bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 4 trains run local in both directions between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green, and local between 125 St and Grand Central-42 St.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Brooklyn-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from 74 St-Broadway to Mets-Willets Point.


Until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 88 St, and Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.

  • For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A. From 88 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A. From 104 St, take the Q112 bus. Or, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 D trains are suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq. Take the FNQR or special shuttle trains instead. D service will operate as follows:

  • Between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).
  • Between 34 St-Herald Sq and Norwood-205 St.
  • Special shuttle train operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St Wash Sq, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains are rerouted via the M line from W 4 St Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 World Trade Center-bound E trains skip 75 Av.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Stillwell Av-Coney Island bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local in Queens.


From 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs. The last stop for some G trains headed toward Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs. To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to a Court Sq-bound G train.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, N trains run local between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Ct and 59 St in Brooklyn, terminating at DeKalb Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 28, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express between Astoria Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.


From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. Take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

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While waiting for our gondolas to take you across the East River, I have some weekend service changes for your…enjoyment? More later.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 21, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, September 22, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and 74 St-Broadway. EFNR trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

  • Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, 45 Rd-Court House Sq, and Queens Plaza.
  • Between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway, stopping at 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, 61 St-Woodside, and 69 St.


From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, E trains will operate more frequently between Manhattan and Queens due to work on the 7 Flushing Line. E line customers traveling to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd (Air Train JFK), and Jamaica Center, please note that some E trains traveling from Manhattan are rerouted to the Jamaice-179 St F station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.


From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Church Av to Avenue X.


From 11:45 a.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, Chambers St-bound J trains run express from Broadway Junction to Myrtle Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, N trains are rerouted via the R line in both directions between Canal St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, N trains are rerouted via the R line in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av.

(42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20, to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.

(Franklin Av Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 20, Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

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If I have the opportunity to write more on Friday, I will. I haven’t had a chance to chime in on the endless re-blogging of I Quant NY’s claim that $19.05 is the best amount to use to fill a MetroCard. I’m unsurprisingly a bit skeptical that this is some kind of vital New York City lifehack. More on that later.

Meanwhile, the MTA hasn’t given any further word on the early opening of the Montague St. Tunnel, but I’ve heard service could be restored any time between Saturday night and Monday morning. I’ll of course let you know here and via my Twitter account when the opening is officially confirmed. For now, continue to assume BMT Broadway service will run via the Manhattan Bridge. And now onto the service changes for the upcoming weekend.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. A and C trains, the M3, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A trains skip 111 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Queens-bound A trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, D trains are suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq. Take the FNQR, or special shuttle train instead.


From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center- Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av.


At all times from 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av.


From 6:45 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.


From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Court Sq-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park and 4 Av-9 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, N trains run local in Brooklyn, stopping at DeKalb Av.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15 Q trains are suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Prospect Park. DFN trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

  • Express between Stillwell Av and Prospect Park, stopping at West 8 St, Ocean Pkwy, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Neck Rd, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, and Flatbush Av.
  • Local between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy, stopping at Parkside Av, Church Av, Beverley Rd, Cortelyou Rd, Newkirk Plaza, Avenue H, Avenue J, and Avenue M.


From 6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 12:15 a.m. Monday, September 14, Bay Ridge-95 St-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. Take the N instead.

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It may feel like summer out there but the service advisories look like fall. Catch you on Monday.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 3 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.


From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 6, and 7, and from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 3 service is extended to 34 St-Penn Station due to CPM cable work at 72 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq due to CPM ADA work at 23 St.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq due CPM ADA work at 23 St .


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to Monday, September 8, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 5 to Monday, September 8, Jamaica Center-bound E trains are rerouted on the F line from W 4 St-Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge due to MOW rail and tie installation at Court Sq-23 St. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local in Queens due to rail and tie installation north of Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Jamaica-Van Wyck to Queens Plaza (stopping at Union Tpke, 71 Ave, & Roosevelt Ave) due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals tunnel lighting north of 65 St, and rail installation at Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted on the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr due to CPM Second Avenue Subway related work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals and rail installation at Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to CPM Church Avenue Interlocking.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 179 St-bound F trains run local in Queens due to MOW rail and tie installation north of Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to CPM Church Avenue Interlocking work.


From 6:45a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, Chambers St-bound J trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St due to track cleaning and maintenance south of Lorimer St, and Hewes St.


From 5:45a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, Chambers St-bound J trains skip Chauncey Street, Halsey Street, Gates Avenue, and Kosciusko Street due to rail replacement work.


From 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 and from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, Broad St-bound M trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St due to track cleaning and maintenance south of Lorimer St, and Hewes St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, Coney Island-bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av due to installation of contact rail heaters south of 59 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to MOW track work at Sheepshead Bay.


From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, Bay Ridge-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals and tunnel lighting north of 65 St.

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It’s been a while since a classic movie about, or even with scenes in, the New York City subway hit theaters. The 2009 version of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is something everyone would rather ignore, and 1995′s Money Train drew headlines more for alleged copycats than for the quality of the film. Still, the classics remain the classics with the 1970s a particularly iconic decade for subway movies, and in a few weeks, you’ll be able to catch the big names on the silver screen.

As part of an early fall retrospective, BAMcinématek will be hosting Retro Metro, what they’re calling a 16-film ride through the history of the New York City subway. The Big 3 — The French Connection, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and opening night’s The Warriors — get top billing, and joining them will be a rare showing of The Incident as well as a dozen other films inspired by or filmed on the subways. There will be no Ghost, but you can catch Saturday Night Fever, Midnight Cowboy, and Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. along with Vincente Minnelli’s The Clock and the Gene Kelly classic On The Town.

The films run from Friday, September 26 through Sunday, October 5, and the full schedule is available in BAM’s press release. I’m aiming to catch The Incident on October 3, The Warriors on September 26, and perhaps The French Connection on October 5. If there’s interest, I may arrange a quasi-official Second Ave. Sagas outing to see the original Taking of Pelham One Two Three at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 28. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, or even if you have, check them out. This will be a great festival.

Meanwhile, we have more pressing matters to attend to. I’m out of town for the Labor Day weekend, but the work doesn’t stop. Your service advisories after the jump, and remember to pay attention to travel patterns on Sunday as the West Indian-American Day Parade always causes some localized changes. Read More→

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In a little bit more than a week, G train service between Queens and Brooklyn will resume. Riders won’t notice many changes, but the MTA wants its customers to know what work is proceeding apace. The agency released this video yesterday to highlight the construction. Take a peak. The rest of this weekend’s light service changes follows.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains are rerouted on the F line from Jay St-MetroTech W 4 St Wash Sq, then run local to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to CPM air quality testing and preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 168 St-bound C trains are rerouted on the F line from Jay St-MetroTech W 4 St Wash Sq, due to CPM air quality testing and preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Coney Island- Stillwell Av-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of 36 St.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, E trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track maintenance and rail repairs between Queens Plaza and 65 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, F trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track maintenance and rail repairs between Queens Plaza and 65 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, N trains are suspended between Lexington Av/59 St and Queensboro Plaza due to MOW track and plate work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza. Take the 7 train for service between Manhattan and Queens.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to MOW track work at Sheepshead Bay.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Q trains are suspended between 57 St-7 Av and Times Sq-42 St due to MOW track and plate work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza. Take the NR instead.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, R service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, R trains are rerouted on the F line both directions between Manhattan and Queens due to work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza.

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There’s a whole slate of weekend work ahead of us, but before we delve in, let’s take a second to discuss MetroCard Vending Machines. From 1 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the latest, MetroCard Vending Machines will not take credit or debit cards. The MTA is performing routine maintenance, and any fare transactions will be cash only. This should be great fun for those drunk riders trying to get home without a valid MetroCard. By Saturday morning, the system will be up and running, and Mayor de Blasio can continue to not pay his fares.

On to the next…


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 1 trains are suspended between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St due to CPM Brick Arch Repair at 168 St and 181 St, and repair work in the area of 125 St. AC trains, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 17, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E180 St due to CPM Signal Modernization on the Dyre Ave Line. Free shuttle buses operate between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E180 St all weekend.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation work at Buhre Av and Zerega Av, and platform edge and canopy work at Pelham Bay Park.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to CPM 88 St station rehabilitation. Far Rockaway-Mott Av-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle to due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, A trains are suspended in both directions between 168 St and Inwood-207 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Queens-bound A trains run local from 168 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail work north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle to due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Coney Island- Stillwell Av-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail work north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.


12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, E trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track tie renewal at 65 St.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Jamaica 179 St-bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy work.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, F trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke and MOW track tie renewal at 65 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, R service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

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In a report, the New York City Transit Riders Council has proposed an overhaul of MTA signs announcing service diversions.

In a report, the New York City Transit Riders Council has proposed an overhaul of MTA signs announcing service diversions.

It’s been nearly eight years since I started this site, and in that time, the MTA has repeatedly struggled with communicating its service diversions to the public in a way that’s clear, concise and easy to comprehend. In late 2006 when I launched Second Ave. Sagas, the signs looked like this; in 2007, the MTA rolled out redesigns; and inspired by London, in 2010, Jay Walder introduced our current set of signage. Despite these advances, a recent report levied a new round of criticism toward New York City Transit and the way the agency communicates an ever-increasingly complex set of service diversions to its growing off-peak and weekend ridership.

The latest report comes to us from the New York City Transit Riders Council and is available online as a PDF. In a series of surveys conducted over a span of three months in early 2014, NYCTRC surveyors canvassed the subway system for signage, explanations and generally adequate information for riders both in the system and out. As expected, certain findings were adequate and others less so. Ultimately, the MTA has to communicate information to millions of riders who often aren’t willing to digest it in an easy-to-understand why, and although the agency has taken steps to improve messaging, it still isn’t perfect.

The report itself is worth the read because the NYCTRC offers a summary of why the MTA needs to perform so much work. Essentially, after years of maintaining track mileage, upgrading rolling stock and keeping stations in some state of repair, the infrastructure demands became so overwhelming that the MTA is going to spend a significant portion of its next few capital plans on repairing and modernizing antiquated signal systems. These repairs necessarily demand inconvenient service changes. But there are of course mitigating factors, including winter storms, that lead Transit to cancel these General Orders, or GOs, before they begin but after they’re announced.

It’s here — providing information on the go and also on the fly — where the MTA ostensibly suffers. According to the survey, some stations didn’t have signs posted before fare control while none of the trains surveyed had signs posted about service diversions. Yet, when diversions had been canceled, automated announcements still contained information about service patterns during the diversion. In other words, a train saying it was running express as part of a (canceled GO) would actually run local, thus confusing passengers trying to get anywhere. Here’s the report’s summary:

When station signage was not posted at all key points with stations, finding service diversion information was a challenge. Key points within stations include station entranc- es, on walls and columns approaching turnstiles, near turnstiles, and on station platform walls and columns. If signage is not posted consistently at all key points, information can be missed by passengers, leading to confusion and preventing passengers from making informed decisions.

The continued placement of weekday and weekend directories before passengers swipe their MetroCards is vital. The directories, in addition to station-specific signage helps to in- form passengers of system-wide service diversions. Also, if service diversion signage is not posted adequately in train cars, a passenger’s ability to replan their route when they learn of a change is limited.

To improve communications, the Riders Council offered up nine suggestions. They ranged from the basic and common sense — a better training program concerning GOs for customer-facing employees and better internal communication alerting station agents of cancellations to diversions — to the obvious — better signage in along the path of entry and a timely removal of signs once GOs are over. Interestingly, the Riders Council also recommend a more visual approach to signs announcing diversions. They urged the MTA to include clear diagrams concerning alternate routing and add information on parallel subway and bus lines. Such an approach would include expanding the Weekender to weekdays — something the MTA has already done.

For many travel is inherently visual. We use maps rather than descriptions to get around, and that’s especially true of transit systems and their service diagrams. The MTA has used maps to positive results in displaying diversions related to FASTRACK and such an addition to the weekend guides and signs would assist people in interpreting wordy and confusing signs.

Ultimately, it’s a tough give-and-take between presenting information that people will read and presenting information that they’ll absorb. The MTA can’t force its customers to read signs they’ll inclined to ignore but a map at least makes it easier to see. As weekend and off-peak ridership continues to grow but the demands of a signal system overhaul remain, communicating alternate routes, GOs and other changes to service changes will become more important, and Transit would be wise to heed the advice of its Riders Council.

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