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As an administrative note, the system I’ve used for years to send out emails of new Second Ave. Sagas posts at around 7 a.m. Eastern time every morning stopped working about a week ago, and I can’t figure out why. It’s an old Google product that isn’t supported these days, and the time has come from me to migrate to something more reliable. I’ll tackle that project over the weekend, and everyone wondering where my emails have gone should see a familiar sight in their inbox on Monday morning. For those who don’t get the emails, I’ll provide a link when the new system is ready to go.

Meanwhile, the weekend service advisories…


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, 1 service is suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. 23 trains run local between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St.


From 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, the last stop for some 1 trains headed towards Van Cortlandt Park-242 St is 137 St. To continue you trip, transfer at 137 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, Downtown 1 trains run express from Van Cortlandt Park-242 St to 215 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2 service operates in two sections:

  • Between Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College and E 180 St, and via the 5 to/from Eastchester-Dyre Av
  • Between E 180 St and Wakefield-241 St. To continue your trip, transfer at E 180 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6, E 180 St-bound 2 trains run express from Wakefield-241 St to E 180 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday March 6, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 3:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, and from 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 5 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 5 Shuttle service is replaced by 2 trains between Eastchester-Dyre Ave and E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3 Av-138 St to Hunters Point Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 12 Noon Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from 74 St-Broadway to Mets-Willets Point.


From 12:01 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, Flushing-Main St-bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to Mets-Willets Point.


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


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 6, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, Manhattan-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, March 5 to Sunday March 6, Brooklyn-bound C trains Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5 to Sunday March 6, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, Norwood-205 St bound D trains skip 14 St and 23 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and W 4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, E trains run local in both directions between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, F trains run local in both directions between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.

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A quiet Friday around here, and a sick day for me. Here are your weekend service changes.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, 1 service is suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, February 27 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2 service operates in two sections:

  • Between Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College and E 180 St, and via the 5 to/from Eastchester-Dyre Av
  • Between E 180 St and Wakefield-241 St. To continue your trip, transfer at E 180 St.


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


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, February 27 and Sunday February 28, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 3:45 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, and from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27 to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 28, 5 Shuttle service is replaced by 2 trains between Eastchester-Dyre Ave and E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3 Av-138 St to Hunters Point Av.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, February 27, Hudson Yards-bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.


From 3:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, Hudson Yards-bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, Manhattan-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February, 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, Norwood-205 St bound D trains skip 14 St and 23 St.


From Saturday, February, 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, E trains run local in both directions between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and W 4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Smith-9 Sts to Church Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February, 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, F trains run local in both directions between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, L trains are suspended in both directions between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wycoff Avs. Take free express and local shuttle buses and AC or J trains.

  • Free local shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, stopping at East 105 St, New Lots Av, Livonia Av, Sutter Av, Atlantic Av, Broadway Junction, Bushwick Av-Aberdeen St, Wilson Av, and Halsey St.
  • Free express shuttle buses serve Rockaway Pkwy, Broadway Junction, and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs only, days and evenings.
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Friday was indeed a good day for Bert and the National Associate of W Lovers as we learned that the MTA will be restoring W train service to Astoria later this year in order to prepare for the debut of the Second Ave. Subway. The Q will run to 57th St./7th Ave. until the Second Ave. Subway “later this year,” per the MTA. That may be an optimistic timeline for Upper East Side service, but one way or another, this subway line will open soon. The W lives to tell that tale.

For a visual representation of what this service change means, check out this unofficial mock-up of future service a Redditor published a few weeks ago. The MTA has yet to release their own map showing the change or addition of the Second Ave. Subway, and I wonder why. They could opt to follow the WMATA’s strategy of showing lines in progress to build public knowledge and excitement, but it seems that we won’t see an updated map arrive until the subway is just about to open, as we did with the 7 line.

Although the W train grabbed headlines earlier, the MTA announced a few other Second Ave. Subway-related milestones. The 96th St. station is now running on its permanent power supply though power lines have become a controversial part of the eventual Phase 2 work. More on that next week. Additionally, the final track crossover north of 72nd St. was completed. The MTA will award final contract modifications next week. As hard as it is to believe, a part of the Second Ave. Subway will soon become a reality.

Meanwhile, as we look forward to new subway service, we have to contest with weekend changes. After the jump, this weekend’s slate of service advisories, as sent to me from the MTA. Read More→

These new strip maps will soon be installed in all 2 and 5 trains. (Photo: New York City Transit)

These new strip maps will soon be installed in all 2 and 5 trains. (Photo: New York City Transit)

Since the R142s debuted on the 2 and 5 lines in 2000, one of the quirks of the strip map system has been its inflexibility. The maps in the cars were assigned a certain line, and if a set of cars with a 2 line map runs as a 5 train instead, the map simply says “not in service.” Unlike the FIND displays in the newer cars that can be changed based on train route, these maps were a relic of an inflexible system.

A few months ago, a new map showed up in one 10-car set which had both the 2 and 5 lines on the same map and could be personalized for whichever line the train is running on. In other words, if the train in question is running on the 2, the map will show the 2, and if the train is running on the 5, the map will show 5 line stops. No more “not in service” signs.

Now, as Transit announced on Friday, the agency will outfit all R142s that run on the 2 and 5 with these new maps. The agency says “the map redesign is consistent with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to improve the customer experience with modern amenities.” Transit President Ronnie Hakim explained further, ““We are taking this opportunity to replace strip maps that are more than a decade old and going a step further to improve customer communication by creating this new strip map that shows both the 2 and 5 routes from end to end. The combined strip map lets us reassign trains more fluidly and shows our customers where they’re going, regardless of the train they’ve boarded. The redesign will alleviate customer confusion when trains are reassigned or rerouted from one line to another.”

Unfortunately, this new map, while more useful, is a bit of a mess from an ease-of-use perspective and isn’t as flexible as the FIND system. But it’s a step up from the old system. I’m rather skeptical though that passengers are itching at the bit for a strip map slightly easier to use rather than more frequent service or an expanded system. Cuomo may be able to take credit for this upgrade, but it’s a hollow victory for him.

After the jump, this weekend’s service advisories. Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, some of these changes run into Tuesday morning. Enjoy the long weekend. I’ll be back on Monday night. Read More→

If you somehow missed the big news this week, boy, are you in for some fun regarding streetcars. Read about Mayor de Blasio’s plan for a Brooklyn-Queens waterfront street first and then browse the reaction to his plan. Earlier in the week, we discovered once again that NYC’s top officials never seem to ride the subway. More on that — and the NYPD overreaction to a few discrete instances of assaults in the subway — next week.

Meanwhile, we have some weekend work to contend with. That snow storm on Friday morning wasn’t enough to send everyone into a tizzy so the service diversions continue as planned. As always, these come to me from the MTA. If there are mistakes, take it up with them.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Harlem-148 St and 96 St. Take the 2 and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate between 135 St and 148 St stopping at 145 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February, 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, February 6 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, February 7, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green. Downtown 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Uptown A trains run express 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and February 7 C trains are rerouted on the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and February 7, Uptown C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February, 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Uptown D trains stop at 14 St and 23 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and February 7, Norwood-205 St bound D trains skip Bay 50 St and 25 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and W4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle busses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, February 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from 21 St-Queensbridge to Forest Hills-71 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood, and Sutphin Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip 4 Av-9St, 15 St-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Take the G instead. Transfer between F and G trains at Smith-9 Sts, 7 Av or Church Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St. J service operates between Jamaica Center and Hewes St. Take free shuttle buses and 46F trains instead. Free shuttle buses operate between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the AC or L via free transfer at Broadway Junction.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av all weekend. Take the JL and/or free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, Q trains are suspended in both directions between 57 St-7 Av and Kings Hwy. Q service operates between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy. Free shuttle buses operate as follows:

  • Express (non-stop) between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
  • Local between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, making all stops.
  • For service To Manhattan, take the DFN from Coney Island-Stillwell Av. For service to Coney Island-Stillwell Av, take the DFN at 34 St-Herald Sq or the DN at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

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Although late-January isn’t always a transit-rich time of year, this week proved to be a busy one. In case you missed anything, you can read about the community concerns over the looming L train shutdown, the ultimate fate of the 7 line extension stop at 10th Ave., the problematic R train, the near-term future of the Second Ave. Subway, and, of course, open gangway rolling stock which is coming soon to New York. If that’s not your thing, how about some weekend service advisories?


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 31, and from 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 31 to Monday, February 1, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.


From 10:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 31, Van Cortlandt Park-bound 1 trains run local from Times Sq-42 St to 96 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 3 service operates to/from New Lots Av all weekend, replacing the 4 in Brooklyn. 3 trains will run express in Manhattan.


From 10:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 31, Harlem-138 St bound 3 trains run local from Times Sq-42 St to 96 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Ave/New Lots Ave and Bowling Green. Take the 2 or 3 instead. Transfer between 4 and 23 trains at Fulton St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3 Av-138 St to Hunts Point Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, A trains are suspended in both directions between Euclid Av and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service. A service operates in two sections:

  • Between 207 St and Euclid Av.
  • Between Rockaway Blvd and Far Rockaway, every 20 minutes.
  • Free shuttle buses operate between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at Grant Av, 80 St, 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Euclid Av and/or Rockaway Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 31, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and January 31, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 31, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains are rerouted via the E local from Forest Hills-71 Av to W4 St-Wash Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood, and Sutphin Blvd.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St. J service operates between Jamaica Center and Hewes St. Take free shuttle buses and 46F trains instead. Free shuttle buses operate between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the AC or L via free transfer at Broadway Junction.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av all weekend. Take the JL and/or free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, Q trains are suspended in both directions between 57 St-7 Av and Kings Hwy. Q service operates between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy. Free shuttle buses operate as follows:

  • Express (non-stop) between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
  • Local between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, making all stops.
  • For service To Manhattan, take the DFN from Coney Island-Stillwell Av. For service to Coney Island-Stillwell Av, take the D,F, or N at 34 St-Herald Sq or the DN at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 6:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

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As Sunday dawned, bright and sunny, New York found itself buried under far more snow than originally expected. It’s going to be a wet and fast thaw as temperatures are expected to rise rapidly this week, but for now, the piles of snow are large and everywhere. It made for a peaceful weekend, but it’s bound to make for a wet and sluggish c

That said, the transit system held up remarkably well. Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial decision to shut down the subways, amidst a bigger storm than was forecast last year, the trains kept running and were none the worse for the wear. The agency instituted its winter weather plan, and while the plan is likely more conservative than it needs to be, those who needed to could get around without resorting to disobeying a driving ban. Plus, the system is ready for Monday.

As of Sunday evening, here’s what the MTA is planning for the morning.

  • Subways:When the Q train started running on Sunday evening, the MTA could feel comfortable knowing that regular rush hour subway service will operate throughout the system on Monday.
  • Buses: The MTA expects to run normal bus service for Monday, but street conditions could cause diversions and delays.
  • LIRR: Per the MTA: “Seven of the LIRR’s 12 branches, representing the majority of LIRR service, will be fully operational by 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Those seven branches are Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon and Greenport. Partial service will also be offered on the Montauk branch as far as Speonk…LIRR service to Atlantic Terminal will remain temporarily suspended. However, LIRR tickets will be cross-honored on subways to support any commuters who usually travel to Atlantic Terminal.”
  • Metro-North: Per the MTA: “Metro-North will run its normal weekday schedule Monday morning. There may be canceled and combined trains throughout the system as Metro-North continues to clear tracks, switches and yards of snow and ice from this weekend’s storm. Customers should continue to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys as snow removal work continues.”

These are of course subject to change, and MTA.info will have any late-night updates. Give yourself some extra time in the morning and check out any additional changes that may arise. All in all, restoring most service by Monday would be a coup considering the snow accumulation.

I’ll be back in the morning with some musings on open gangways on the MTA’s next subway car order. There are some intriguing images in the current MTA Board materials. Check back later.

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The MTA has published a map of reduced subway service following curtailment of some lines in light of mounting snow totals.  (Click to enlarge)

The MTA has published a map of reduced subway service following curtailment of some lines in light of mounting snow totals. (Click to enlarge)

Update (1:15): The MTA has announced that, as of 4 p.m., subway service on above-ground lines will be halted, but the agency will run limited service underground. This is in line with Transit’s cold weather/snow plan. Keep an eye on MTA.info for updates.

As more snow than expected piles up, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did some governin’ today as he announced that the MTA will be suspending all bus service as of noon on Saturday. Currently 1800 workers are toiling to keep the subways running, and the MTA expects to maintain some service on all lines. It’s possible that outdoor lines — especially those running in trenches rather than along elevated lines — will see service scaled back. The MTA’s winter weather plan is in effect, and there are delays or service changes on nearly every line as nearly all express trains are running local. Weekend work has, of course, been canceled. I’ll update this post as news develops.

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The BMT’s 4th Ave. line to Bay Ridge celebrates its 100th anniversary this week. This photo shows the 77th St. station on the eve of its opening. (Photo courtesy of the Transit Museum)

A century ago, what eventually became the R train made its first trip down 4th Ave. to Bay Ridge. Subway access to this seaside community in Brooklyn would forever change the neighborhood, and like many other NYC neighborhoods and subway lines, the history of Bay Ridge’s BMT is of unfulfilled promises. That subway, after all, never could find its way across the Narrows to Staten Island.

These days, the R train is the line Bay Ridge residents hate to love and love to hate. Politicians are pressing the MTA to improve service that many say has fallen off since the Montague St. Tubes reopened, and I promise I’ll have more on that next week. In the meantime, for some three-day weekend reading, check out Hey Ridge’s paean to the R train. The neighborhood blog offers up more than you ever knew you wanted to know about the R train and its history. I highly recommend the post for its photos and the tale it tells about New York ambition then and now.

Meanwhile, on the Sea Beach line, a massive overhaul of some very sorry-looking stations begins next week, and it’s going to mean backtracking and increased travel time. Details and more in this week’s service advisories. As a word of warning, check these carefully when you travel this weekend. The press release from the MTA wasn’t complete, and while I’ve tried to fill where I can, I’m sure I’ve missed something.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, January, 17 and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, Hudson Yards-bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, A trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 17, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, Manhattan-bound A trains run express 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and January 17, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and January 17, Manhattan-bound C trains run express 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, D trains are suspended in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Coney Island-Stillwell Av. F, N, Q, R trains and shuttle buses provide alternate service.

  • N trains replace the D in Brooklyn between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
  • D trains run express via the A from 59 St-Columbus Circle to and from Chambers St.
  • Free shuttle buses run between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Grand St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at W 4 St-Wash Sq.
  • For Brooklyn, take the N instead. Transfer to/from D trains via the passageway at Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and W 4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, E trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, F trains run local in both directions between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.


Beginning 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18 until Spring 2017, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains skip 86 St, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, 20 Av, 18 Av, New Utrecht Av, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. N trains will stop at Bay Pkwy and 8 Av.

  • To 86 St, Avenue U, and Kings Hwy, take the Astoria-bound N to Bay Pkwy and transfer to a Coney Island-bound N.
  • To 20 Av, 18 Av, New Utrecht Av, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy, take the Astoria-bound N to 8 Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound N.
  • From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound N to Bay Pkwy or Stillwell Av and transfer to an Astoria-bound N.
  • For New Utrecht Av-62 St, take the D instead. Transfer to an Astoria-bound N train at 36 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, N trains are rerouted via the D line in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 36 St. Free shuttle buses and R trains provide alternate service.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 16 to 10 p.m. Sunday, January 17, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Sheepshead Bay to Kings Hwy.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 17, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

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As the week draws to end, we have some very big news to consider: The viral Pizza Rat video may have been staged. Gothamist’s John Del Signore did the digging and found a few common threads — and rodents — running through some recent viral videos showing particularly aggressive rats in the subway. Is nothing sacred any longer?

In all seriousness, though, we do have some big news to cover as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s whirlwind tour through New York State infrastructure landed at the Transit Museum yesterday where MTA CEO and Chairman Tom Prendergast unveiled a series of state-inspired transit improvement projects. These included some promises to overhaul certain subway stations and a much faster pace of technological adoption (but nothing quite so ambitious as more of the Second Ave. Subway or Triboro RX.). I know many people have lots of questions, and I’ll write these up for a rare weekend post. So be sure to check back on Saturday.

As the week draws to a close, though, this weekend marks the annual No Pants Subway Ride. It’s going to be raining on Sunday so if a wet bum is your thing, by all means, participate. As my only New Years Resolution this year, I promised myself to ignore, rather than hate on, the stunt. You can find details for New York’s ride at Improv Everywhere’s website. As part of an organized protest against the No Pants ride, some New Yorkers have decided to launch the Extra Pants Subway Ride. They’ll wear two pairs of pants instead of none. Whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, if you’re riding the subways this weekend, whether in zero, one or two pairs of pants, here are your service advisories, straight from the MTA. Check signs, listen to announcements, etc.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Hudson Yards-bound 7 trains run express from Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, A trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, January 9, from 11 p.m. Saturday, January 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, January 10, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Brooklyn-bound A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and January 10, F trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and January 10, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, World Trade Center-bound E trains skip Briarwood and 75 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and W 4 St. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Queens-bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Brooklyn-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8 to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, and from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, January 10, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, Astoria-bound N trains are rerouted via the Q line from DeKalb Av to Canal St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 9 to 10 p.m. Sunday, January 10, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Sheepshead Bay to Kings Hwy.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and January 10, 71 Av-bound R trains are rerouted via the Q line from DeKalb Av to Canal St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and January 10, Queens-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.

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