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Earlier this week, the Transit Museum hosted a panel discussion on the history and look of the New York City subway map. It was the second such event in a month, and it seems that the field of map design is undergoing something of a renaissance, especially in regards to our map. From the pre-Vignelli days to the current John Tauranac-inspired version that you can’t actually use in the subway system due to its absurdly large size, we could (and have) discussed map preferences for posts on end. Perhaps, soon I’ll revisit the topic.

In the meantime, Peter Lloyd, a historian with a specialty in the New York City subway map and its various iterations, is trying to raise funds for a multi-volume book detailing the history of our subway map. With only a few days left in his Kickstarter campaign, he’s a bit short of his goal. Check out his proposal here, and consider if it’s a worthy endeavor. I’m a sucker for subway map histories, and I hope his book can see the light of day.

Meanwhile, we have weekend changes to discuss. There’s a map for those — hosted by the MTA at the Weekender site. The descriptions follow.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take the 23 trains and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 1 trains run every 16 minutes between 137 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. The last stop for some trains headed towards Van Cortlandt Park-242 is 137 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St 1 trains run express from 215 St to Van Cortlandt Park-242 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, November 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to Grand Central-42 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green. Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.


From 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, Mets-Willets Point bound 7 trains run express from 74 St-Broadway to Mets-Willets Point.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, A trains are suspended in both directions between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service and operate between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at Grant Av, 80 St, 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at
Euclid Av and/or Rockaway Blvd. A service will operate normally between Inwood-207 St and Eculid Av, and between Rockaway Blvd and Far Rockaway every 20 minutes.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, E trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W4 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, November 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, E trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, F trains are suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, F trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, N trains are suspended in both directions between 36 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Av. N trains are routed via the D line in both directions between 36 St and Bay Pkwy-95 St, the last stop. DR trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses operate between 36 St and Stillwell Av, making all station stops. Transfer between R trains and shuttle buses at 59 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 20 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, November 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

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Saturday is an exciting day for the New York area transit community. After a long wait, Transportation Camp makes its return to the city. The event at City College is sold out, and the waiting list is already closed. However, I know many of my readers will be there. Be sure to say hi if you see, and perhaps I may even lead a session.

Of course, it’s a weekend in New York City so there are subway changes affecting travel. For those going to Transportation Camp, 1 trains won’t run north of 137th St., but the A, C and D trains will all stop at 145th St. The list of weekend changes follows:


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 137 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. Take AC trains, M3, M100, and free shuttle buses instead. For service between 137 St and 168 St, use free shuttle buses or the AC at nearby stations. For service between 168 St and 191 St, use M3 or free shuttle buses. Or, use the A at nearby stations. For service between 207 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St, take free shuttle buses. Transfer between buses and A trains at 207 St and between A and 1 trains at 59 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 3 service operates to/from New Lots Av all weekend, replacing the 4 in Brooklyn. Trains run express in Manhattan.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between New Lots Av and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. Take the 23DNQ or R instead. 4 service operates between Woodlawn and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, making local stops. For service to/from Fulton St and between Borough Hall and Franklin Av, take the 2 or 3 instead.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 14 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Bowling Green and Grand Central-42 St. Take the 46 or R instead. Transfer between 5 and R trains at 59 St. Transfer between 5 and 46 trains at Grand Central-42 St. Transfer between 46 and R trains at Canal St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 14 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Ave and Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, November 14 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, November 16, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. EFNQS and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. 7 service operates in two sections between Flushing-Main St and Queensboro Plaza, and between Times Sq-42 St and 34 St-Hudson Yards every 15-20 minutes. Free shuttle buses make all station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 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, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, D trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, F trains are suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, L trains are suspended in both directions between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff 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, Wilson Av, and Halsey St.
  • Free express shuttle buses serve Rockaway Pkwy, Broadway Junction, and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs only.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. To/from Manhattan, consider the AC or J via transfers between trains and shuttle buses at Broadway Junction.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, November 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

Rockaway Park Shuttle
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, the Rockaway Park Shuttle. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.

42nd Street
From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, November 14 to Monday, November 16, the 42 Street Shuttle will operate overnight.

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Sorry, guys. I forgot to hit publish on these last night.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take the 45ACR trains and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 7 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, November 8, downtown 5 trains run every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 service is extended to Bowling Green.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, November 7 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, November 9, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. E, F, N, Q, S and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. 7 service operates in two sections between Flushing-Main St and Queensboro Plaza, and between Times Sq-42 St and 34 St-Hudson Yards every 15-20 minutes. Free shuttle buses make all station stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, November 8, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from W4 St-Wash Sq to 34 St-Herald Sq.


From 10:15 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, L trains are suspended in both directions between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff 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, Wilson Av, and Halsey St.
  • Free express shuttle buses serve Rockaway Pkwy, Broadway Junction, and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs only.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. To/from Manhattan, consider the AC or J via transfers between trains and shuttle buses at Broadway Junction.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.


From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, November 7 to Monday, November 9, the 42 Street Shuttle will operate overnight.

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The Train of Many Colors will celebrate both Games 4 and 5 of the World Series this weekend.

The Train of Many Colors will celebrate both Games 4 and 5 of the World Series this weekend.

Nearly two weeks ago, I took a look at some light rail initiatives out of Queens. While I’m skeptical of Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s plan for light rail, I find it encouraging that people are talking about it. The good folks over at LTV Squad took both arguments further as Ray Cevoli wrote two thoroughly excellent posts on the topic. He took apart Crowley’s proposal and then put forward one of his own. I’d recommend you read them both to see how Queens could use preexisting ROWs to improve transit and interconnectedness in a borough screaming out for both.

Additionally, with the Mets forcing the issue tonight, the MTA’s Train of Many Colors will depart from 34th St.-Hudson Yards at 6:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The train will make express stops along the 7 to Citi Field. It’s a fun chance for a photo op. Here are the rest of the service advisories. You’re probably better off walking than waiting for the Franklin Ave. Shuttle this weekend.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take the 45ACR trains and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


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


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, 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. Sunday, November 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 5:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Sunday, November 1, E trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, F trains are suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy. Free shuttle buses operate between Kings Hwy and Coney Island-Stillwell Av, stopping at Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Av, and West 8 St. Transfer between F trains and free shuttle buses at Kings Hwy. Consider using the DNQ between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan.


From 12:01 a.m. Sunday, November 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, F trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, L trains are suspended in both directions between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff 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, Wilson Av, and Halsey St.
  • Free express shuttle buses serve Rockaway Pkwy, Broadway Junction, and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs only.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. To/from Manhattan, consider the AC or J via transfers between trains and shuttle buses at Broadway Junction.

Rockaway Park
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.

Franlkin Ave.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, the Franklin Avenue Shuttle will run every 24 minutes.

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Late on Friday, the MTA sent out a press release announcing that Virgil Conway, the MTA Chairman from 1995-2001, passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. At some point soon, we should assess Conway’s tenure. He was a Pataki man through and through and ushered in an era of political pressure to cut costs in the wrong way. He was a big proponent of the early planning for the East Side Access project, and he played a big role in securing funding for the Second Ave. Subway. His legacy reverberates today.

“Virgil was a hugely influential and effective chairman, and many of the successes and accomplishments the MTA celebrates today are the result of his hard work and his heartfelt service to the region,” current MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said. “He remains a beloved member of the MTA family, and he will be sorely missed.”

Thoughts are with his family right now.

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The Train of Many Colors will celebrate the Mets' NLCS appearance this weekend.

The Train of Many Colors will celebrate the Mets’ NLDS appearance this weekend.

The Mets don’t make the NLCS too often these days, and the MTA is pulling out the stops to celebrate. On both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the 11-car Train of Many Colors will run from 34th St.-Hudson Yards to Willets Point-Mets via the 7 line. If last week’s 4 train ride to the Bronx is any indication, the 7’s own Nostalgia Train will be packed full with Mets and rail fans alike. Unlike the 4, this one ain’t running non-stop. The train will make express stops along the 7 en route to Citi Field, and you can catch it at 6:30 p.m. each night from the newest subway station in the system. That will be quite a sight.

On another note, this weekend is Open House New York, and it’s also the last chance for New Yorkers to check out the old TWA Flight Center in front of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK Airport before it turns into a hotel. It’s open from 11-3 p.m. on Sunday, and no reservations are required. I’ve seen it twice, and I can’t recommend the trip enough. Check it all out right here on OHNY’s website.

Meanwhile, there are some service changes this weekend. You know the drill. Click through for all the details. Read More→

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Thanks for sticking with me through the lack of content this week. I had a busy few days — including a tough loss at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. Next week, we discuss Ydanis Rodriguez’s support for a traffic pricing plan, the mayor’s supposed offer of $2 billion for the MTA’s capital plan and Gov. Cuomo’s recalcitrance with regards to MTA financing, and, perhaps, some thoughts on subway station mezzanines. If you want more transit-related ramblings during the week, be sure to check out my Twitter account. I keep up the commentary even when posts here are sporadic.

Meanwhile, here are this weekend’s service changes.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take the 2345R trains and free shuttle buses. 23 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run local from Crown Hts-Utica Av to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11, downtown 5 trains local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St. 5 trains run every 20 minutes.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 5 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Hunts Point Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10 and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, 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, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.


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


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, E trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W4 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, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, E trains run local in both directions in Queens due.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, F trains are suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Kings Hwy. Free shuttle buses operate between Kings Hwy and Coney Island-Stillwell Av, making all station stops. Transfer between F trains and free shuttle buses at Kings Hwy. Customers who use the Coney Island-Stillwell Av terminal should consider using DN or Q trains to/from Manhattan.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, F trains run local in both directions in Queens.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, L trains are suspended in both directions between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Myrtle-Wyckoff 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, Wilson Av, and Halsey St.
  • Free express shuttle buses serve Rockaway Pkwy, Broadway Junction, and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs only.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. To/from Manhattan, consider the AC or J via transfers between trains and shuttle buses at Broadway Junction.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, Queens-bound N trains run express from 59 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from 59 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, R trains are suspended in both directions between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn.

Rockaway Park
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.

42nd Street
From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 42 Street Shuttle is suspended. Take the 7 instead.

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As of Saturday morning, Joaquin's track had turned away from the U.S.

As of Saturday morning, Joaquin’s track had turned away from the U.S.

Earlier this week, the National Hurricane Center scared us all with a warning that this massive storm named Joaquin could head our way. Yet, the European forecast model — the one that picked up Sandy’s eventual track early on — disagreed, and by week’s end, after hand-wringing and planning, Joaquin is now forecast to wander the sea. It has raised doubts regarding the U.S. forecast models, and in New York, it led the MTA to cancel most weekend work. An MTA spokesman told me they had to reassign personnel for storm prep and couldn’t move forward with work. That’s a “damned if you don’t” situation, and I can’t fault the MTA for careful planning.

Thus, there ain’t much happening this week. Enjoy it while you can.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from W4 St Wash Sq to 34 St-Herald Sq.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.

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Congrats, New York! We survived the Pope-inspired transit-maggedon! But in reality, it was fine. New York City showed what would happen with fewer cars as streets were empty and life went on. The Pope himself recently had some insightful words on prioritizing spending that our city’s and state’s leaders should heed.

So as the week ends, we’ve now had two weeks of the 7 line extension, and coverage of early ridership figures has missed the long game. Ridership has been only around 7000 per day, and as some papers have noted, that’s well below the forecasts of 32,000 per day. Of course, that 32,000 figure is a future projection when the Hudson Yards development is open. Today, no one lives there. For now, the 7 line extension is a train to a developing area, and it will encourage growth. By the end of the decade, ridership should be right where the MTA expects it to be.

Meanwhile, as the first fall weekend dawns, there’s work to be done and weekend service to change. As always, these come to me from the MTA. Plan accordingly.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take the 2345R trains and free shuttle buses. 23 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, September 27, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26 and Sunday September 27, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

  • To 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, and 69 St, take the Flushing-Main St-bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside or 74 St- Broadway and transfer to a Hudson Yards-bound 7.
  • From these stations, take a Hudson Yards-bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside or Queensboro Plaza and transfer to a Flushing-Main St bound 7.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, 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, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, A trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St-Wash Sq.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, September 25, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, F trains are suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Church Av. Free shuttle buses operate between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Church Av, making all station stops. Transfer between F trains and free shuttle buses at Church Av. Customers who use the Coney Island-Stillwell Av terminal should consider the DNQ to/from Manhattan.


From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27, L service operates in two sections.

  • Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.
  • Between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.


From 7:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, Queens-bound Q trains skip Neck Rd and Avenue U.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.

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Earlier this week, the Straphangers Campaign handed out their annual subway rankings, and they mysteriously awarded the 7 line the top spot while knocking the B and 5 train to the bottom. It’s confounding to see this rankings because they don’t make much sense. The C and R trains all perform much worse than the B and 5, and the F and G suffer on seat availability and service consistency. The B I take every day, and it’s an average subway line for what it is (which is complementary service along routes with other express or local trains), and the 7 is a packed train suffering from unreliable service due to an array of issues. But that’s all anecdotal anyway.

I’ve had bones to pick with the Straphangers’ methodology in the past, and the awards are designed to garner headlines more than anything else. That a major riders’ advocacy group claims most subway rides aren’t worth the fare is problematic by itself. If you’d like to read their full report, have at it.

Anyway, as Friday night rolls into Saturday, the weekend service advisories are focused around the 1 train, or lack thereof. The MTA has shut down the 1 train for the entire weekend. Alternate service includes the 2, 3, A and C trains, some regular Manhattan buses and free shuttle buses. It’s not ideal for anyone, and the MTA put out a press release calling the work “absolutely critical in order to provide safe, reliable service into the future.” The work includes brick arch repairs at 168 St and 181 St, repairs in the vicinity of 125 St, track panel installation north of 215 St and ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery work at the South Ferry station. The 2 and 3 will still run local.

Here’s everything, straight for the pens of the MTA:


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between Van Cortlandt Park-242 St and South Ferry. Take the 2/3/A/C trains, M3, M100 and free shuttle buses instead. 3 service operates between Chambers St and 148 St overnight.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 96 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 96 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, September 20, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, September 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Hunts Point Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, A trains are suspended in both directions between Euclid Av and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd. A service operates in two sections between Inwood-207 St and Euclid Av, and 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 trains and free shuttle buses at Euclid Av and/or Rockaway Blvd.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, September 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, World Trade Center-bound E trains skip Briarwood and 75 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from W 4 St to 34 St-Herald Sq.


From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September, 19 and Sunday, September 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. Trains stop at City Hall, Cortlandt St, Rector St, Whitehall St, Court St, Jay St-MetroTech, and DeKalb Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, Astoria-bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.


From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September, 19 and Sunday, September 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to Dekalb Av.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 18 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 20, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.