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How’s this for an added twist on your typical “Showtime!” routine? A group of Broadway actors subtly boarded an A train recently and broke into song. It wasn’t just any song; it was “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King, perhaps one of the most recognizable songs in the Disney oeuvre. At first, the A train riders are as nonplussed as any jaded New Yorker and some even seem — probably rightly so — annoyed by the interruption. But eventually, they give the cast of the show a rousing ovation. Now if only the cast of Cabaret would reenact “Willkommen” on a Q train.

Now on to the weekend changes.


From 3:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, due to track panel installation near Jackson Av and Prospect Av 2 trains will run in two sections:

  • Between 241 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, with southbound 2 trains running express from E180 St to 3 Av-149 St.
  • Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Flatbush Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 11 p.m. Saturday, August 9, to 6 a.m., Sunday, August 10, and from 11 p.m. Sunday, August 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, New Lots Av-bound trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 5 trains are suspended between E180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation near Jackson Av and Prospect Av. 4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green. 5 shuttle service operates between Dyre Av and E180 St all weekend.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Bronx-bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St due to station rehabilitation work at 23 St.


From 12:45 a.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Manhattan-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation work at Buhre Av and Zerega Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, Manhattan-bound 7 trains run express from Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway for signal tests and panel installation north of Willets Point.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, Queens-bound A trains run local between 168 St and W4 St, and are then rerouted via the F from W4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to rail installation north of 59 St and electrical installation at Fulton St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, Brooklyn-bound C trains are rerouted via the F from W4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to electrical installation at Fulton St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 11, Brooklyn-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to rail installation north of 59 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St due to electrical installation at Fulton St.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

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Nothing too nuts this weekend…


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 145 St to 96 St due to CPM repair work on portal and elevated steel structure near 125 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, August 2 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av 2 trains will run in two sections:

  • Between 241 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse with Manhattan-bound 2 trains running express from E 180 St to 3 Av-149 St.
  • Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Flatbush Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 3, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Crown Hts-Utica Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 5 trains are suspended between E180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av. 4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green. 5 shuttle service operates between Dyre Av and E180 St all weekend.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 1 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation work at Buhre Av and Zerega Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 1, 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 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, August 1, to Sunday, August 3, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, C trains are suspended in both directions between 145 St and 168 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Take the A train as a travel alternative. A trains run local between 145 St and 168 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, 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 9:45 p.m. Friday, August 1, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Jamaica-179 St-bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jay St-MetroTech due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, R service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

(Franklin Av Shuttle)
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 1, to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, the Franklin Av Shuttle is suspended due to CPM structural repair of Crown Street Bridge. Shuttle buses provide alternate service stopping at Franklin Av, Park Pl, Botanic Garden and Prospect Park stations

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Temporary signage at Nassau Ave. spells out the summer reality for G train riders. (Via @CarynRose)

As I write this at 10:10 p.m. on Friday evening, we’re approximately 45 minutes away from the last Church Ave.-bound G train’s departure from Court Sq. That train is set to leave at around 10:52, and then the Greenpoint Tubes will be shut down until Sept. 2. The MTA has to shutter these tunnels to make repairs from Sandy, and in the coming months, we’ll hear about more Sandy-related work that must be repair and fortify the system.

Meanwhile, there’s now a free out-of-system transfer between the G at Broadway and J/M trains at Lorimer in South Williamsburg, and if you’re a G train rider, Uber has a deal for you. They’re offering a free transfer deal for Greenpoint and Long Island City riders. Essentially it’s one free ride anywhere between Nassau Ave. and Court Sq. for the next few weeks. Check out their blog for more information.

Meanwhile, here’s the rest of your weekend work.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, July 26 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av, 2 trains will run in two sections:

  • Between 241 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse with Manhattan-bound 2 trains running express from E 180 St to 3 Av-149 St.
  • Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Flatbush Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 27, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, Crown Hts-Utica Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av. 4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green. 5 shuttle service operates all weekend between Dyre Av and E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 25 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 6 trains run every 14 minutes between Pelham Bay Park and Parkchester. The last stop for some trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 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, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, Times Sq-42 St-bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC related work on the Flushing line.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, A trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to CPM station rehabilitation work at 88 St and 104 St stations. Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A trains skip 88 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, E trains will run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and CPM track tie renewal at 65 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, F trains will run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and CPM track tie renewal at 65 St


Beginning 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, G trains are suspended between Long Island City-Court Sq and Nassau Av due to MOW Fix & Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube. Transfer out-of-system (with MetroCard) between the Broadway G station and Lorimer St JM stations. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service along two routes:

  • Via Manhattan Av between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.
  • Via McGuinness Blvd between Lorimer St L and Court Sq, stopping near G stations at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av, and 21 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, N trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to MOW Track and plated work in the 60 St Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza. Take the 7 or Q instead.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, Q trains will run local in Queens due to MOW Track and plated work in the 60 St Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza.


From 5:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, due to MOW Track and plated work in the 60 St Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza, R trains are rerouted on the D and M lines in both directions as follows:

  • Via the D line between DeKalb Av and B’way-Lafayette St.
  • Via the M line between B’way-Lafayette St and Queens Plaza.
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A less-than-hopeful map for Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City G train riders.

A less-than-hopeful map for Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City G train riders.

Over the past few years — since the MTA extended the G train to Church Ave. — I’ve come to appreciate this underappreciated line. I don’t have to rely on it during peak hours, and I generally find that the train shows us as promised and offers a quick ride from Park Slope to Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City. I can get up to Alewife, Brouwerij Lane, Torst or Fornino with little trouble and no transfers.

For a few weeks this summer, that convenience will disappear thanks to 2012′s Superstorm Sandy. As part of the repairs needed in the aftermath of the storm, beginning this Friday at 10:30 p.m., the G train will run no further north than Nassau Ave., and for five weeks trains will not run between Nassau Ave. and Long Island City’s Court Square. Businesses and residents in Greenpoint and LIC aren’t too happy, but this short shutdown is the least painful choice amongst a series of bad options.

“Our goal is to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible while exposing our customers to as little inconvenience as we possibly can by using the more lightly-traveled summer weeks to make repairs,” NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco said in a statement last week. “To that end, we are providing an extraordinary amount of information to help our customers navigate around this vital work.”

According to the MTA, the Greenpoint Tubes suffered series damage when they filled with 3 million gallons of brackish salt water. Pump controls, electrical, communications, fan control and signal system suffered, and power cables essentially melted away. Some systems — ventilation, lighting and communications — were completely destroyed, and the MTA needs the dedicated shutdown to wrap up repairs. Train service will be restored at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2 — the day after Labor Day.

During this outage, the MTA will run two shuttle buses. One will run via Manhattan Av to and from Nassau Ave. while the other will run via McGuinness Boulevard to and from the Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av L station. Additionally, the MTA has announced a temporary free out-of-system transfer between the G train at Broadway and the J/M trains at Lorimer St. It seems likely that ferry service will return to India St. before Friday’s shutdown as well.

For Greenpointers, Long Island City residents and G train riders, this is an annoying inconvenience, albeit a temporary one. Unlike the R train, this work doesn’t require a 14-month diversion, but unlike the R train, there are no nearby subway offerings to pick up the slack. This also won’t be the last of the Sandy-related service changes. Even though the storm was nearly two years ago, the MTA has a few more tunnels to repair. The agency has been tight-lipped on future diversions because they don’t yet know how this will play out. But the L train’s 14th St. tunnels need work as do numerous other East River subway tunnels. In three months, the G and R trains will both be up and running. What’s next looms large.

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Before we delve into this weekend’s service changes, allow me to direct your attention to The Atlantic’s CityLab. Earlier this week, the site published a piece on mine on the high costs and need to build the Second Ave. Subway. I’ll write more about it next week, but it provides some food this weekend.

Meanwhile, here’s what you’re up against this weekend. It’s busy.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St-bound 1 trains run express from 96 St to 145 St due to CPM repair work on portal and elevated steel structure near 125 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, electrical work near 3Av-149 St, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av, 2 trains will run in two sections:

  • Between 241 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse with Manhattan-bound 2 trains running express from E 180 St to 3 Av-149 St.
  • Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Flatbush Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 20, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Crown Hts-Utica Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, electrical work near 3Av-149 St, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av. 4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3Av-138 St to Hunts Point Av due to equipment preparation for Dyre Avenue Signals.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to CPM station rehabilitation work at Zerega Av and Buhre Av.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 7 trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza. EFNQS and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Q service is extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd on Saturday, July 19, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, July 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, expect longer wait times between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway. 7 service runs less frequently due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza. The last stop on some 7 trains headed toward Queensboro Plaza will be 74 St-Broadway.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 111 St due to station rehabilitation work at 104 St. Use the Q112 bus as a travel alternative.


From 11:45 p.m to 6:30 a.m. Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, C trains are suspended in both directions between 145 St and 168 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Take the A train as a travel alternative. A trains run local between 145 St and 168 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Coney Island-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to MOW track tie renewal south of Bedford Pk Blvd.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Streets due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from W 4 St-Wash Sq to Jay St-MetroTech due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, Q trains are extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

(42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

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Earlier on Friday, with a potential LIRR strike less than ten days away, the MTA unveiled its contingency planning. As you might expect, it relies, in part, on a wing and a prayer. The LIRR has approached numerous companies to ask that they allow employees to telecommute, but for many that’s a non-starter. Instead the MTA recommends everything from ferries (hooray) to taking vacation time. It’s not pretty, but there’s plenty of time left for the sides to come to terms prior to the strike.

Meanwhile, New York City denizens have this weekend’s service changes with which to contend. Here you go:


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2 trains are suspended between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, electrical work near 3Av-149 St, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 13, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Crown Hts-Utica Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation south of Prospect Av, electrical work near 3Av-149 St, and overcoat painting south of Jackson Av. 4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to CPM station rehabilitation work at Zerega Av and Buhre Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC related work near Mets-Willets Point.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 168 St-bound A trains are rerouted via the F from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq, then run local to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to CPM electrical work north of Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, C trains are suspended in both directions between 145 St and 168 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Take the A train as a travel alternative. A trains run local between 145 St and 168 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, 145 St-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq due to CPM electrical work north of Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, July 12 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Norwood- 205 St-bound D trains run express from Bay Pkwy to 9 Av due to CPM prep work for circuit breaker house north of 62 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Coney Island-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to MOW track tie renewal south of Bedford Pk Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn Station due to CPM electrical work north of Jay St-MetroTech.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 12, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 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 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line after 47-50 Streets to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 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 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work in the Greenpoint Tube. The last stop for some G trains headed toward Long Island City-Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, R service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

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Posting has been light lately as I’ve been quite busy at my day job. Plus, I’m on vacation for the next week and likely won’t be near a computer too often. Thanks for still checking in. I’ll try to cover, at various points, the looming LIRR strike, the MTA reinvention commission, plans to develop a food court at Grand Central and the air rights dealings happening above the future Moynihan Station.

For now, make sure you check out the latest episode of “The Next Stop Is…” You can find it here on iTunes or here as an MP3. Eric and I discussed last week’s power outage, the line review for the A/C trains, and the problems the MTA faces in finishing megaprojects.

Finally, this weekend’s service changes:


From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 29, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Crown Hts-Utica Av-bound 4 trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cental-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line. Free shuttle buses operate between Eastchester-Dyre Avenue and E 180 St. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at East 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation preparation at Buhre Av and Zerega Av.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to 4:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29, 7 trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza. EFNQS and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Q service is extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd on Saturday, June 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, the last stop on some 7 trains headed toward Queensboro Plaza will be 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 111 St due to station rehabilitation work at 104 St. Use the Q112 bus as a travel alternative.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, 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 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, C trains are suspended in both directions between 145 St and 168 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Take the A train as a travel alternative. A trains run local between 145 St and 168 St.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, June 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to station rehabilitation work at Parkside Av, Beverly Rd, and Cortelyou Rd stations.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay, bypassing Avenue U and Neck Rd, due to track panel work at Brighton Beach.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, Q trains are extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

(42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

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As the end of the month — and a looming vacation nears — I haven’t had as much time to post lately as I usually do. Thanks for bearing with me these past few weeks. I have news on which we must catch up, and I’ll try to follow up with longer posts next week. Eric and I will be recording a new podcast this weekend, and we’ll touch on a few of these topics. The news is picking up.

First up, MTA Board appointments. As Albany wrapped up its legislative calendar with a flurry of activity this week, a variety of new MTA Board appointees made it through the approval process. NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will join the Board. She’s not the first city DOT chief to join the MTA Board, per Times editor Dean Change. She’ll be joined by Iris Weinshall, a former DOT commission who is my neighbor, the wife of Senator Chuck Schumer and a notorious opponent of the Prospect Park West bike lane.

In operations news, the A and C trains are getting a full line review. Transit will conduct a top to bottom review of service along the 8th Ave. and Fulton St. lines as the Riders Alliance continues to win reviews for some of the city’s least reliable lines. I joked on Twitter that more frequent evening rush service to Brooklyn and newer rolling stock should do the trick, but we’ll see what the MTA uncovers in a few months.

Finally, I have some news on the 7 line extension and East Side Access. According to the latest MTA Board committee meeting materials, the 7 line may not open until early 2015, but the MTA is working hard to begin revenue service prior to the end of 2014. More on that on Monday, but clearly this is a mess. Meanwhile, the MTA has determined that they expect East Side Access to cost around $10.7 billion and be ready for passenger service before the end of 2022. I also expect flying cars and hover boards around then. Still no word on the definitive ribbon cutting for the Fulton St. Transit Center.

That’s lot of catch-up. Now the weekend service changes. Read More→

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A bad look.

A bad look.

Updated (10:25 p.m.): A cryptic message recently appeared on the MTA’s website: “Due to a temporary power loss system wide, expect delays on all lines. Allow additional travel time.” It’s not exactly clear what subways, if any, are running or how this power loss is having an impact on service. I’ve reached out to the agency for more details, and here’s their statement:

Con Ed had a minor power outage that caused signal problems in the subway system. As a result, a number of trains pulled emergency brakes. Power was restored in less than 5 minutes, and there’s some residual delays from that. No injuries, no major delays, no stalled trains.

I can’t recall the last full-fledged power outage in the subway. Was it during the 2003 blackout? I did notice the lights in my office flicker at around the same time. Anyway, allow additional travel time, but it seems as though the problem is on its way to resolution as power was restored nearly 50 minutes ago at this point.

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It’s been just over 10 months since the MTA announced the extension of the M train into Manhattan on the weekends, and that time is finally here. The M train will now terminate at Essex/Delancey, bringing BMT Myrtle Ave. riders over the Williamsburg Bridge and to midtown-bound F trains. This is the first regular weekend service along that route since the 1950s, and the Transit Museum is running a Nostalgia Train on Saturday to celebrate.

Here’s the rest of your weekend:


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, June 8, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St due to track tie renewal at 34 St-Penn Station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Saturday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, June 8, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn-bound 2 trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St due to track tie renewal at 34 St-Penn Station.


From 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the 116 St 6 line station will be EXIT ONLY due to the 116 St Festival. Customers will not be allowed entry to this station between these hours. Use the 110 St or 125 St 6 stations instead.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8, the 77 St 6 line station will be EXIT ONLY due to the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Customers will not be allowed entry to this station between these hours. Use the 68 St or 86 St 6 stations instead.


From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, to 4:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 7 trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza. EFNQS and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Q service is extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd on Saturday, June 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the last stop on some 7 trains headed toward Queensboro Plaza will be 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Coney Island Stilwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Jamaica-179 St-bound F trains run express between Avenue X and Jay St-MetroTech due to rail work north of Ditmars Av and signal work at Church Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, G trains are suspended in both directions between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorns Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound Q trains run express between Newkirk Av and Kings Hwy due to station renewal work at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Q trains are extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

(42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 7, to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 8, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

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