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

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

Finally, this weekend’s service changes:


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


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


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


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


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


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


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 30, A trains are suspended in both directions between 168 St and Inwood-207 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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A bad look.

A bad look.

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

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

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

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

Here’s the rest of your weekend:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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May
31

Weekend work affecting 11 lines

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The weekend shutdowns on the 7 line return. Otherwise, nothing too crazy.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St due to brick arch repair work at 168 St and 181 St, and repair work in area of 125 St. AC trains, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 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 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 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 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 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 2:00 a.m. Saturday, May 31 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 7 trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and 74 St-Broadway in both directions due to track panel installation north of 69 St. EFNRS and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Shuttle buses operate along two routes:

  • Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.
  • Between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway making station stops at 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, Woodside-61 St, and 69 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 1, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains run express from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and Sunday June 1, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, E trains run more frequently between Manhattan and Queens due to CPM duct bank work north of Times Square-42 St, and track panel installation north of 69 St on the 7 line.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2, Coney Island Stilwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2, Coney Island Stilwell Av-bound F trains run express between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av due to signal work at Church Av.


From 11:00 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, G trains are suspended between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorns Sts due to signal work at Church Av.

(42 St Shuttle)
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 31 to 6:00 a.m. Monday June 2, due to work on the 7 line, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CPM duct bank work north of Times Square-42 St, and track panel installation north of 69 St on the 7 line.

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May
23

Weekend work affecting 10 lines

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A lot of this work stretches through Memorial Day, and trains will be operating on a weekend schedule on Monday. On the bright side, SBS M60 service debuts Sunday. The bus lane isn’t nearly as long as we’d like, and the Community Board highlighted everything wrong with transit expansion in New York City. But there you go. Stay safe. Enjoy those BBQs.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 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 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 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 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 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 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains run local from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle. Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 25, Bronx-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to ADA work at Kingsbridge Rd.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, Bronx-bound D trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 145 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, F trains run local in both directions in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.


From 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs due to Sandy recovery work in the Greenpoint Tube. The last stop for some trains headed toward Long Island City-Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction. Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction. Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av. Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

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I have a few posts lined up for next week already. We’ll talk about Mayor De Blasio’s approach to the green boro taxi program. (Hint: I don’t approve.) We’ll talk about MSG’s tax breaks. (Hint: City Council’s desire to roll them back could be a baby step toward a new Penn Station.) And we’ll talk about 2nd Ave. Subway milestones. (Hint: We’re approximately 960 days away from this thing becoming an actual reality.)

If you’re running the Brooklyn Half tomorrow morning, as I am, good luck, and be ware the service changes on the 2, 3 and 4 lines.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 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 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 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 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound A trains skip 111 St due to station renewal work at 104 St.

  • For Service To 111 St: Take a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A train.
  • For Service From 111 St: Take a Brooklyn-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train, or use the Q112 bus.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 18, Brooklyn-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to ADA work at the Kingsbridge Rd.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 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, May 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound F trains run local between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke. Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction. Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.


From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction. Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av. Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.


From 10:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Brooklyn-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Sheepshead Bay due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av, and Brighton Beach.

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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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