So the big news this week comes to us in the form of a reminder from GerritsenBeach.net. Almost one year to the day since I first reported on these renovations, the MTA has started the overhaul at Ave. U and Neck Road.
The stations will be closed for a year, and GerritsenBeach.net outlines the other subway and bus options for Southern Brooklyn residents. For now, only the Coney Island-bound platforms are closed. In 2010, the Manhattan-bound platforms will be shuttered. Alternate routes are as follows:
- Use the Kings Highway or Sheepshead Bay (B) (Q) stations.
- Use the Av U (F) station.
- To travel from Av U and Neck Rd take a 57 St/7 Av bound (Q) train to Kings Highway and transfer to a Coney Island bound (Q) .
- To travel to Av U and Neck Rd continue to Sheepshead Bay and transfer to a 57 St/7 Av bound (Q) train.
On weekday afternoons, please transfer to the B3K at the Kings Highway (B) (Q) station. The B3K will operate on weekdays only, from 2:50 PM to 7:45 PM, on Av U between Ocean Av and Gerritsen Av to/from the Kings Highway/East 16 St (B) (Q) station. The B3K will run every 10 minutes. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes in each direction. The regular fare is charged for the B3K bus.
Meanwhile, on with the rest of the service advisories:
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2 trains skip Bronx Park East, Pelham Parkway, Allerton, and Burke Avenues due to track work.
From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, Manhattan-bound 4 trains run express from Bedford Park Blvd. to 125th Street due to track cable work.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, uptown A trains skip 135th, 155th, and 163rd Streets due to installation of new tunnel lighting conduits and fixtures from 155th Street to just north of 168th Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, downtown A trains run local between 168th Street to 145th Street due to installation of new tunnel lighting conduits and fixtures from 155th Street to just north of 168th Street.
From 11:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, free shuttle buses and shuttle train service replace the A train between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and the Rockaways due to installation of bridge track panels and the replacement of lift rails on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.
From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday, December 14, Queens-bound A trains run express from Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. to Utica Avenue due to track cleaning.
From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday, December 14, Queens-bound A trains skip Ralph and Rockaway Avenues due to track cleaning.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, there are no C trains operating between 168th Street and 145th Street due to installation of new tunnel lighting conduits and fixtures from 155th Street to just north of 168th Street.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, Bronx-bound D trains skip 170th, 174th-175th, and 182nd-183rd Streets due to track and cable conduit work north of 167th Street.
From 4 a.m. Saturday, December 14 to 10 p.m. Sunday, December 15, Manhattan-bound D trains run on the N from Stillwell Avenue to 36th Street due to track panel installation.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 15, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Ft. Hamilton Parkway, 15th St-Prospect Park and 4th Avenue due to construction work on an employee facility at Church Avenue.
From 12:01 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 13, Jamaica-bound F trains skip Van Wyck and Sutphin Blvds. due to installation of track drains.
From 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday (through 5 a.m. Monday), there are no L trains between 8th Avenue and Union Square due to switch renewal near 8th Avenue. Customers should use the M14 instead.
From 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday (through 5 a.m. Monday), L trains run every 24 minutes in two sections due to switch renewal near 8th Avenue:
- Between Rockaway Parkway and Bedford Avenue and
- Between Bedford Avenue and Union Square
From 4 a.m. Saturday, December 13 to 10 p.m. Sunday, December 14, the last stop on some Coney Island-bound trains is Kings Highway due to track panel installation.
At all times, until winter 2009, the Coney Island-bound side of the Avenue U and Neck Road stations are closed for rehabilitation. Customers should use Kings Highway BQ, Sheepshead Bay BQ, or Avenue U F stations as alternatives.
The Cortlandt Street Station is closed until further notice while the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey continues to build on the WTC site. – Usually I take this one out, but as I rode past the stop after my South Ferry tour yesterday, I overheard two of the big transit beat writer talking about this station. Most of the blue walls were gone, and we could see the state it’s in. There are new staircases leading into what will be the Fulton St. complex, but it’s a mess down there. The two writers wonder for how many more years this one will be closed. Good question.