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Coming next week: A half-hearted effort to bring flashing lights back to Select Bus Service vehicles that seems doomed to fail in Albany and how it underscores how inept New York can be when it comes to very easy and obvious fixes.

Coming soon: Changes to those weekend 7 train shutdowns. A bunch of those shutdowns have been pared back. I’m not going to post the full details here because they’re chock full o’ boring minutiae. Check ‘em out right here.

Now, onto this weekend’s changes.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to MOW dig out at Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday, April 11 to April 13, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 13, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 3 service is suspended due to MOW dig out at Times Sq-42 St. Take the 2 and free shuttle buses. Free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St. Transfer between 2 trains and shuttle buses at 135 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 3 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to MOW dig out at Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday, April 11 to April 13, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 13, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 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 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn-bound 4 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 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 5 trains are suspended between Dyre Av and E 180 St, due to signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates between E 180 St and Bowling Green, every 20 minutes.


From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 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 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 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 11 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station renewal work at Castle Hill Av and Middletown Rd.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza. Use E FNQ trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday, April 11 to April 13, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 13, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, A trains run express in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade, and rail and plate repair work south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, C trains run express in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade, and rail and plate repair work south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Queens-bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn Station due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.


From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Queens-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av due to tunnel lighting installation south of Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14 Queens-bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the E from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St due to Second Avenue Subway Project.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jay St-MetroTech due to rail and plate work south of W 4 St Wash Sq.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Queens-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd, due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 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 10:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Saturday to Monday, April 12 to April 14, L trains run every 24 minutes between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Broadway Junction due to CBTC testing.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, Queens-bound N trains are rerouted via the D (express) from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St due to CPM survey work near 20 Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn-bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Sheepshead Bay due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal work south of 36 St. Take N trains instead.


From 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 12:15 p.m. and Monday, April 14, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av due tunnel lighting installation south of Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

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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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Busy week. Fewer posts. Thanks to everyone who made it to the Transit Museum on Wednesday night for “Problem Solvers.” We had a packed house and a lively discussion.

Here’s what’s up for the weekend:


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1 trains are suspended between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park 242 St due to infrastructure repairs at 168 St and 181 St. Take A trains, M3 buses and free shuttle buses.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 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, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester Dyre Av and E180 St due to due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq. Free shuttle buses operate between Dyre Av and E180 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Bowling Green and E180 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq. Bronx-bound 5 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 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 2:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza. Use E FNQ trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.


From 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24 A trains are suspended between Broad Channel and Far Rockaway due to track panel work between Beach 67 St and Beach 60 St. A trains are rerouted to Rockaway Park, replacing Rockaway Park S Shuttle service. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Far Rockaway and Beach 90 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Manhattan-bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St Columbus Circle due signal equipment maintenance for Sandy repairs in the Rutgers Tube.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, Manhattan-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St Columbus Circle due signal equipment maintenance for Sandy repairs in the Rutgers Tube.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Coney Island bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island Stillwell Av due inspection of arch ceilings.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, D trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Herald Sq, and W 4 St Wash Sq due to switch work south of 14 St.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St Wash Sq due to Sandy related repairs in the Rutgers Tube.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to signal work at Church Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 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, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to signal work at Church Av.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 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 10:45p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Plaza to Kings Hwy due to concrete repair work and painting on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd to replace partially-suspended 7 service due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza.

(Rockaway Park)
From 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Rockaway Park S Shuttle service is replaced by A trains due to track panel work between Beach 67 St and Beach 60 St.

(42nd St)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, 42 Street S Shuttle trains operate overnight.

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There’s an exceedingly small threat of snow for Sunday night into Monday that seems to be growing smaller with each new weather forecast. It’s going to be cold again next week for a few days, but we’re getting used to a late winter of temperature fluctuations. No matter the forecast, this weekend’s work is going on as scheduled.

Before I jump in, don’t forget to RSVP for Wednesday’s Problem Solvers. I’m talking about the future of fare payment systems with Michael DeVitto, Transit’s head of fare payment programs. We’ll delve into the MetroCard’s immediate fate and various other topics relating to fare payment.

And here’s the rest of everything for the weekend:


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express run express from 145 St to 96 St due to steel repair work south of 125 St to 133 St.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, Bronx-bound 2 trains run express from E180 St 241 St due to switch repairs south of 219 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to track work at Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 3 service is suspended due to track work at Times Sq-42 St. Take 2 trains or free shuttle buses running between 135 St and 148 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and New Lots Av due to subway car testing south of Crown Hts Utica Av. Take 4 trains for service between Franklin Av and Crown Hts Utica Av. Free shuttle buses operate between Crown Hts Utica Ave and New Lots Av making all 3 line subway station stops.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, 3 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to track work at Times Sq-42 St.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 4 trains are suspended between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Woodlawn in both directions due to panel installation at Bedford Pk Blvd. Take the D train or free shuttle buses.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 4:00 a.m. Sunday, March 17, Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester Dyre Av and Bowling Green due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq. Bronx-bound 5 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park due to station renewal work at Middletown Rd and Castle Hill Av stations.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza. Use E FNQ trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, Manhattan-bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St Columbus Circle due column reinforcements between Canal St and W 4 St Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, Manhattan-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St Columbus Circle due to column reinforcements between Canal St and W 4 St Wash Sq.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, E trains run local in both directions between Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills 71 Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17Queens-bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St Penn Station due column reinforcements between Canal St and W 4 St Wash Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith 9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, F trains run local in both directions between Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith 9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, J trains are suspended between Delancey St Essex St and Hewes St due to track work on the Williamsburg Bridge. Take free shuttle buses.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, Ditmars Blvd-bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island Stillwell Av to 36 St due to design survey work near 20 Av.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, Q trains are suspended between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy in both directions due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av. Take free shuttle buses.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd to replace partially-suspended 7 service due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza.

(42nd St)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 15 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 42 Street Shuttle trains operate overnight.

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Update 4:45 p.m.: All Metro-North service to and from Grand Central has been restored, the MTA has announced. The Park Avenue viaduct is safe and sound, and service on all four tracks and all three Metro-North lines is running. The agency notes, however, that “trains will run at reduced speeds through the collapse zone to protect nearby employees and reduce vibrations as rescue and recovery work continues.” Expect crowding and delays during the evening rush hour.

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Posted (3:55 p.m.): The latest and greatest from the MTA, as of shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday:

MTA Metro-North Railroad is restoring some New Haven and Harlem line service from Grand Central Terminal after an explosion and building collapse next to Metro-North’s tracks running above Park Avenue. Customers who use the Hudson Line should take the B, D or 4 subway lines to 161 St and walk to Metro-North’s Yankees – East 153rd Street station.

Metro-North structural engineers have verified the integrity of the Park Avenue elevated structure. Two of the four tracks on the structure – the two farthest from the explosion site – have been restored to service after being cleared of debris, inspected for track and third rail integrity and approved for operations by Metro-North and the New York City Fire Department.

As more tracks are restored, the level of train service will increase. Train speeds may also be reduced to protect nearby railroad workers and to limit vibrations at the explosion site.

New Haven Line and Harlem Line customers should expect crowding and delays due to track limitations, with some local and express trains combined. The track configuration does not allow Hudson Line service to operate to and from Grand Central until more tracks are restored to service. Customers are urged to delay travel until later if possible.

The subway system is cross-honoring Metro-North tickets, and the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines are cross-honoring Hudson Line tickets. More as service is restored.

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Information boards at Grand Central display current Metro-North updates. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

As first responders and rescue crews continue to work at the site of an explosion and subsequent building collapse next to the Metro-North tracks at 116th St. in Manhattan, the MTA has announced service plans in effect until further notice. Essentially, the agency is urging riders attempting to reach points north to take the subway to the Bronx and transfer at nearby stations where Metro-North tickets will be cross-honored. Here’s the overview:

Harlem Line & New Haven Line
Southbound customers from the New Haven Line and Harlem Line will get off at the Harlem Line stations or Wakefield or Woodlawn for a short walk to the No. 2 for service to Manhattan. Customers can transfer to the No. 5 at E. 180th Street for East Side destinations.

Northbound customers for all Harlem and New Haven Line stations should take the No. 5 subway to East 180th Street and transfer to the No. 2 subway north to the 233rd Street Station, where they can walk a short distance to the Metro-North’s Woodlawn Station.

Hudson Line
Hudson Line customers should take the No. 4 to 161st Street Station (Yankee Stadium) and walk west to Metro-North’s Yankees – East 153rd Street station for service to points north. The D subway also goes to 161st Street.

Southbound Hudson Line customers will go to Yankees-East 153rd Street and transfer to the No. 4 or D subways, or to Marble Hill and transfer to the No. 1 subway at 225th Street, an elevated station.

According to the MTA, there are currently no stranded trains, but power has been cut to the third rails of all four tracks near the explosion. The MTA urges customers to “consider limiting travel today if they can,” but as the explosion occurred at the tail end of rush hour, most commuters were already in the city this evening. It’s not clear that this situation will be resolved by the evening rush, and I’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

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Sorry for the lack of updates. Busy day plus slow news week. The weekend, though, has plenty of changes with work affecting service on 16 subway lines. That’s most of the lines that operate on the weekend. Good luck.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Bronx-bound 1 trains run express run express from 96 St to 145 St due to steel repair work south of 125 St to 133 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to track work at Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 3 service is suspended due to track work at Times Sq-42 St. Take 2 trains or free shuttle buses running between 135 St and 148 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and New Lots Av due to subway car testing south of Crown Hts Utica Av. Take 4 trains for service between Franklin Av and Crown Hts Utica Av. Free shuttle buses operate between Crown Hts Utica Ave and New Lots Av making all 3 line subway station stops.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, 3 trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to track work at Times Sq-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester Dyre Av and Bowling Green due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq. Bronx-bound 5 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park due to station renewal work at Middletown Rd and Castle Hill Av stations.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza. Use E FNQ trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due CPM structural survey for Hurricane Sandy work.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to due CPM structural survey for Hurricane Sandy work.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Bronx-bound D trains run express from Bay Pkway to 9 Av due to rail renewal work north of Bay Pkway.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, D trains run local in both directions between 34 St Herald Sq and W4 St Wash Sq due to MOW switch work north of W4 St Wash Sq.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, E trains run local in both directions between Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills 71 Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith 9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted on the A line from W 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to due CPM structural survey for Hurricane Sandy work.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, F trains run local in both directions between Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith 9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, Q trains are suspended between Coney Island Stillwell Av and Prospect Park in both directions due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av. Take free shuttle buses.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd to replace partially-suspended 7 service due to CBTC signal work and hurricane-related repair work in the Steinway tunnel, and track tie replacement work at Queensboro Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday, March 7 to March 9, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in both directions due to cable repair work.

(42nd St)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 8 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 42 Street Shuttle trains operate overnight.

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With yet another joyful wonderful awe-inspiring bunch of snow heading our way, the MTA has canceled most weekend work “in order to allocate resources for the impending winter storm this weekend.” All work — with the exception of that schedule for the, um, F, M and L lines — has been called off, including the 7 train shut down. Here’s what remains:


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, February 28, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 3, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted on the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to station work at Lexington Av-63 St for Second Avenue Subway construction.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 1, L trains are not running between 8 Av and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs due to track tie renewal north of 3 Av. L service operates between Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. Use AFJM trains, M14, and free shuttle buses.


From 6:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, to 12:50 a.m. Sunday, March 2, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 2, M service is extended to 57 St to replace L service that is partially suspended due to track tie renewal north of 3 Av.

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Of all the gimmicks on the L train, this one from Animal New York is the most L train thing around. London Kaye, a 24-year-old artist, crocheted the poles of an L train on Valentine’s Day. This was an unsanctioned guerrilla art installation that Animal New York filmed. It’s cute; it’s twee; it’s the L train.

Kaye spoke of her time knitting a train, and those from ANY who went with her said the crews loved it. “I feel like if I did this in a small town,” she said, “I’d get stopped by the cops. But here, there is so much action. Who’s going to stop a little girl crocheting?”

So that’s your “Only In New York” moment of the week. Here are the weekend service changes:


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21 to 5:00a.m. Monday, February 24, Bronx-bound 1 trains run express run express from 96 St to 145 St due to steel repair work south of 125 St to 133 St.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 4 trains are suspended between Woodlawn and Crown Hts-Utica Ave in both directions, due to track panel installation at Bedford Pk Blvd, and 161 St Yankee Stadium. 5 trains replace 4 trains in Brooklyn and Manhattan. D trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service in the Bronx.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 5 trains replace 4 trains in Brooklyn. 5 trains are extended to Crown Hts-Utica Av, and New Lots Av, due to track panel installation at Bedford Pk Blvd, and 161 St Yankee Stadium.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, 7 trains are suspended between Flushing Main St and Mets-Willets Point due to CBTC construction related work. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, 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 Avenue.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, C trains are suspended between W4 St and Euclid Av in both directions due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21, to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza due to track maintenance at 46 St and 36 St.


From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, and from 12:15 a.m. 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run express between Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Avenue due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, February 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Jamaica Center-bound E trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, February 21, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted on the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to station work at Lexington Av-53 St for Second Avenue Subway construction.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, February 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Jamaica Center-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to signal work at Church Av. For service to these stations take a Coney Island-bound F train to 7 Av or Church Av and transfer to a Queens-bound F or G train. From these stations, take a Queens-bound F or G to 7 Av or Smith-9 Sts and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Jamaica Center-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to signal work at Church Av.


From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, Ditmars Blvd-bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island Stillwell Av to 36 St due to design survey work near 20 Av.


Beginning 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21, until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 21, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Plaza to Kings Hwy due to concrete repairs and painting work on platforms at Parkside Avenue, Beverly Road and Cortelyou Road.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, Bay Ridge-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza due to track maintenance work at 46 St and 36 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, Forest Hills 7Av-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Avenue due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.

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From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23, Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes due to installation of contact rail heaters north of Prospect Park.

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A snowy Brooklyn Museum looms over the IRT's Eastern Parkway station. (Photo by Benjamin Kabak)

A snowy Brooklyn Museum looms over the IRT’s Eastern Parkway station. (Photo by Benjamin Kabak)

As I write this early Saturday evening, it’s once again snowing in New York City. It’s been a trying winter weather-wise with polar vortexes and seemingly endless snow storms, one after another, barreling down on the city. The subway system seems like it’s suffering a bit under the weight of the weather with problems more constant than usual and stations dirtier than usual. Just yesterday, in the Grand Army Plaza, stop, I watched a waterfall develop underground.

Meanwhile, the snow leads to other issues for the MTA. For the second or third time this year alone, the agency had to cancel a planned FASTRACK treatment due to weather, and instead of the regular slate of weekend work, crews are clearing snow from subway tracks and station platforms. With that in mind, you’ll see this weekend’s service changes are minimal. Everything else was canceled. Trains operate on a Saturday schedule for Presidents Day, and I’ll be back with a new post on Monday night.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 14 to 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 7 trains are suspended between Flushing Main St and Mets-Willets Point due to CBTC construction related work. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

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