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Massimo discusses his map at the Transit Museum in 2012. (Photo by Benjamin Kabak)

His map has launched 1000 Internet debates, and his designs survive in the signs we see in the New York City subway system today. Massimo Vignelli’s legacy has influenced the way our subway system look and, while his ideas have been bastardized, the way signage is established. Now, his days are numbered.

Michael Beirut, a partner of Vignelli’s at Pentagram, told Creative Review the news. Vignelli will be spending his final days with his family on the Upper East Side, and his son has requested letters:

According to Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, “Luca said that Massimo would be thrilled to get notes of good wishes from people whom he’s touched or influenced – whether personally or remotely – over the years. Luca has visions of huge mail bags full of letters. I know that one of Massimo’s biggest fantasies has been to attend his own funeral. This will be the next best thing. Pass the word.”

If you’re so inclined, Vignelli lives at 130 East 67 Street, New York, New York 10021. While we talk endlessly about his maps, check out this New Yorker post from late April which details his signage designs (and the online version of the Graphics Standard Manual). Like I do, Vignelli objected to this day to some of the MTA’s edits to his signs. He said he recognizes “about fifty percent” of today’s signage as his designs.

“The handling of the typography is not as good as if we had done it. And the background is black instead of white, because of the graffiti. But everything else is the same. It’s still our subway,” he said to the New Yorker while criticizing signs that say “Exit Middle of Plat.” “It’s like a language spoken by a baby. By a person who can’t speak the language.”

I’ll have more on Vignelli next week. After the jump, this weekend’s service changes. Read More→

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The third rail guard has seen better days. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

Well, that was a busy day. In case you missed it, a Manhattan-bound F train derailed near 65th St. this morning. Luckily, only 19 passengers were injured and four of them seriously, but it snarled service along the Queens Boulevard lines all day. Transit was able to restore some service for the evening rush, but as of 10 p.m., no trains are running there in order to facilitate removal of the derailed train. That outage will last at least until 9 a.m. (instead of 7 a.m., as originally announced).

Meanwhile, as the MTA works to restore full service and inspect the rails while serving people’s transit needs, work on the J, M and 7 have been canceled. The rest of the weekend service changes are as follows:


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 145 St to 96 St due to steel repairs from 125 St to 133 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av. 2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av. Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av. In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St. Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av. 2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track panel installation at St Lawrence Av, and track maintenance at Cypress Av. The last stop for some Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains is 3 Av-138 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound N trains run local between 36 St and 59 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Sheepshead Bay due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av, and at Brighton Beach.


From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Q trains are extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd due to CBTC signal work on the 7.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 4, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.

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Emergency service workers responded to the derailment of an F train under Broadway and 60th Street in Woodside, Queens. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

Updated (5:00 p.m.): For the latest on service in Queens, please refer to my new post on evening service. I won’t be updating this post any further.

Updated (1:25 p.m.): The MTA is reporting that a Manhattan-bound F express train derailed at around 10:30 a.m. near 65th St. in Queens. According to the agency, the middle six of the train’s eight cars jumped the tracks while the front and rears cars stayed in place. Over 1000 passengers were evacuated, and 19 were injured, four seriously.

As the evening rush approaches, the MTA does not anticipate regular service along the Queens Boulevard line. The 7 train will run all weekend to carry some of the burden, and the LIRR is currently cross-honoring MetroCards.

For specific service changes, keep an eye out the MTA’s site. As of 1:25 p.m., the following changes are in effect:

  • There is no train service between 71st Av-Forest Hills and Queens Plaza in both directions.
  • There is no train service between 71st Av-Forest Hills and 21 St-Queensbridge in both directions.
  • There is no train service between Forest Hills-71 Av and Essex St.
  • There is no train service between 71 Av-Forest Hills and Queens Plaza in both directions.
  • Some northbound trains are running on the line from 57 St-7 Av to Queensboro Plaza.

Anyone trying to reach the JFK Airtrain should take the A train or LIRR, and other customers are advised to take the 7, J or L trains for service into Queens. LIRR is cross-honoring MetroCards at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Nostrand Av, East New York, Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Penn Station-34 St. Shuttle buses are between Queens Plaza or 21 St.-Queensbridge and Forest Hills. Prepare for crowded and slow rides.

I’ll have more information as it becomes available. For more photos from scenes of the incident, check out the MTA’s photo album on Flickr.

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The New York Scanner Twitter account reports on the condition of the passengers. This is, for now, unverified information:

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Heading to Newark Airport after May 1? Boy, are you in luck. From May 1 through approximately July 15, the Newark AirTrain will be shut down, and Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains will not stop at the Newark Liberty International Airport stop. To access the airport, the Port Authority first, sadly, urges people to drive. Second, the PA notes that shuttle buses will provide service from Newark Penn Station. (For more details, check out the Port Authority’s website. This is a pretty big deal.)


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 145 St to 96 St due to steel repairs from 125 St to 133 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Bronx-bound 1 trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 27, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Bronx-bound 2 trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28 Bronx-bound 4 trains skip Fulton St due to Fulton Street Transit Center completion work.


From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Bronx-bound 5 trains skip Fulton St due to Fulton Street Transit Center completion work.


From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track panel installation at St Lawrence Av. The last stop for some Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains is 3 Av-138 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Flushing Main St-bound 7 trains run express between Mets-Willets Point and 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC signal work.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, A trains are suspended between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av in both directions due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, C trains are suspended between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Manhattan-bound E trains are rerouted on the via the F line after 36 St in Queens to W 4 St Wash Sq (E trains travel via the 63 St and 6 Av corridors, stopping at F stations) due to Sandy related work in the 53 Street tunnel. Free shuttle buses operate between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills 71 Av due to tunnel lighting installation south of the Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, and Kew Gardens Union Tpke.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway work at Lexington Avenue.


From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound F trains skip Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av and Kew Gardens Union Tpke.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound N trains run local between 36 St and 59 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills 71 Av due to tunnel lighting installation south of Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 27, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.

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Not too much work this weekend…


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 4 trains are not running due to track panel installation at Bedford Park Boulevard and 161 St Yankee Stadium. 5 trains replace 4 service in Brooklyn and Manhattan. D trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service in the Bronx.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 5 service is extended to Crown Hts Utica Av and New Lots Av, making all 4 station stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn due to track panel installation at Bedford Park Boulevard and 161 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, A trains are suspended in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, C trains are suspended in both directions between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, Jamaica Center-bound E trains are rerouted via the F line from W 4 St Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge due to Sandy recovery related work. Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, Brooklyn-bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, R trains run are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal work south of 36 St. Take N trains instead.

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

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

Now, onto this weekend’s changes.


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


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


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


From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday to Sunday, April 11 to April 13, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 13, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


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


From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Bowling Green-bound 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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I’ve not forgotten about you this weekend, loyal readers. I’ve been dealing with an eye problem that’s made staring at computer screens a bit of a challenge this week.

Anyway, before I launch into the changes, take note of the work on the N. The MTA has to suspend Astoria subway service because, after nearly 100 years, Astoria residents started complaining the trains — which were there long before any of them — were too loud. So this is noise mitigation work. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but a voice in the back of my head is whispering “NIMBY NIMBY NIMBY” over and over again.

Here are the weekend changes, better late than never.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2 trains run local in both directions between 34 St Penn Station and Chambers St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St Penn Station and Chambers St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 4 trains are suspended between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Woodlawn due to track panel installation at Bedford Pk Blvd and 161 St Yankee Stadium. Take D trains and free shuttle buses between 149 St-Grand Concourse and 161 St Yankee Stadium.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 6, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Dyre Av and Bowling Green due to track maintenance north of Grand Central-42 St. Bowling Green-bound 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


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


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 7 trains run express between Mets-Willets Point and 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC signal work.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, A trains are suspended between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av in both directions due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av. We advise customers who are travelling to the Wood Memorial Stakes horse race at the Aqueduct Racetrack to take a J or L train to Broadway Junction, where they can transfer to an A train for service to the Aqueduct Racetrack.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, C trains are suspended between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Bronx-bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from Coney Island Stillwell Av to 36 St due to inspection of arch ceilings.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 6, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills 71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, track maintenance south of 36th St and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Manhattan-bound E skip Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd and Forest Hills 71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the E from Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Ave.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Jamaica 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av. Queens-bound G trains will not stop at Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, 7 Av, and 4 Av-9 St.


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, N trains are suspended between Astoria Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to switch work south of Ditmars Blvd. Free shuttle buses make all subway station stops between Astoria Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, April 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Kings Hwy due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av.


From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills 71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, track maintenance south of 36th St and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.

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

Here’s what’s up for the weekend:


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


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Brooklyn Bridge City Hall to Grand Central-42 St due to track maintenance north of 14 St-Union Sq.


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


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


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St due to track tie renewal north of Grand Central-42 St.


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


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


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


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


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


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


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


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


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


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, Jamaica 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to track maintenance south of 36 St, and rail repairs from 36 St to Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.


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


From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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