Before we get to the service advisories, let’s laugh one more time this week at the MTA Board. While David Mack has been utterly shamed into dropping his opposition to the free MTA Board perks, Chair Dale Hemmerdinger received a little bit of bad press today.
I’ll let Metro’s Patrick Arden explain the story:
The MTA played favorites in deciding to send three Queens bus routes to a distant shopping mall owned by MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger, City Council members said Thursday.
There could soon be three Queens buses bringing people to the Shops at Atlas Park, a mall owned by MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger. [Ed. Note: The Mall is managed by Hemmerdinger's son. Hence the nepotism.] The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale belongs to Hemmerdinger’s ATCO Properties, and his son Damon is its development director.
The mall was already served by the Q29 bus last summer, when the Q54 also began to make the trip. Within days of Hemmerdinger’s confirmation in October, a study of Q54 ridership was undertaken, and soon the MTA recommended extending the Q45 so passengers could be let off at Atlas Park. Another proposal to reroute the Q23 was later rejected.
Supposedly, these service upgrades had been in the works for a few years, but with the Hemmerdinger-owned mall now showing up on MTA maps, this one reeks of nepotism.
And now on to the service advisories.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, uptown 1 trains skip 103rd, 110th, 116th, and 125th Streets due to track and roadbed replacement at 110th Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, Manhattan-bound trains run express from Gun Hill Road to East 180th Street due to signal and structural work at East 180th Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, 23 trains run local between 96th Street and Chambers Street due to station rehab work at 96th and 59th Streets and tunnel lighting work between 72nd and 42nd Streets.
From 11 PM Fri to 7 AM Sat, 11 PM Sat to 8 AM Sun, 11 PM Sun to 5 AM Mon, Brooklyn-bound 2 and 3 trains skip skip Bergen St, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Pkwy.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, there are no 5 trains between 149th Street-Grand Concourse and East 180th Street due to signal and structural work at East 180th Street. Customers should take the 2 instead.
From 4 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 22, Bronx-bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Avenue to Parkchester due to track panel work between Hunts Point Avenue and Parkchester. The last stop for some 6 trains is 125th Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, there are no 7 trains between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza due to tunnel work in the Steinway Street tube, track repairs at Court House Square, and signal work between Queensboro Plaza and 33rd Street. Customers should take the N train and free shuttle bus for alternate service. The 42nd Street S shuttle runs overnight during this time.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, Manhattan-bound 7 trains run express from 74th Street-Broadway to Queensboro Plaza, stopping only at 61st Street-Woodside, due to signal work between Queensboro Plaza and 33rd Street-Rawson Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, there are no C trains between 168th and 145th Streets. Free shuttle buses replace A trains between 168th and 207th Streets. Customers may transfer between the Broadway or Fort Washington Avenue shuttle buses and the A train at 168th Street. These changes are due to structural work and track and roadbed replacement between 168th Street and 207th Street.
From 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23, there are no G trains between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Court Square due to track chip-out between 36th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Take the E or R instead.
From 4 a.m. Saturday, June 21 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 22, free shuttle buses replace J trains between Crescent Street and the Jamaica-Van Wyck E station. (There are no J trains between Crescent Street and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer.) This is due to track panel installation between Cypress Hills and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer.
From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Manhattan-bound J trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer, and Hewes Sts due to Emergency Work. For service to/from these stations transfer at Myrtle Av to a Manhattan-bound J or Marcy Av (get a ticket) to a Queens-bound J.
From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, free shuttle buses replace M trains between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av-Broadway due to emergency work.