As summer rolls around, the MTA tends to scale back work, and this week is no exception. We have only seven service changes, and two of those are only for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday as a result of Puerto Rican Day festivities. Don’t forget to check out my next Problem Solvers event this upcoming Wednesday. Otherwise, have a good one.
From 12 noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 116th Street will be EXIT ONLY. Due to the 116th Street Festival, customers will not be allowed entry into this station to prevent overcrowding on platforms and stairways. For uptown or downtown service, customers may use the 110th Street or 125th Street stations instead.
From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 77th Street will be EXIT ONLY. Due to the Puerto Rican Day Parade, customers will not be allowed entry into this station to prevent overcrowding on platforms and stairways. For uptown or downtown service, customers may use the 68th Street or 86th Street stations instead.
From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9, Flushing-bound 7 trains skip 82nd Street, 90th Street 103rd Street and 111th Street due to installation of cable tray brackets for Flushing CBTC.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 11, Manhattan-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue to 36th Street due to station and line structure rehabilitation near 9th Avenue.
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 11, downtown D trains run local from 34th Street-Herald Square to West 4th Street due to electrical work at 34th Street-Herald Square.
From 12:01 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 and from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Monday, June 11, Coney Island-bound N trains run via the Manhattan Bridge from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue due to station painting at City Hall.
From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 11, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Sheepshead Bay to Prospect Park due to track panel installation south of Kings Highway.
From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, Bay Ridge-bound R trains are rerouted via the N from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue due to station painting at City Hall. There are no Bay Ridge-bound R trains at City Hall, Cortlandt Street, Rector Street, Whitehall Street, and Jay Street-MetroTech. Customers may should use 4 service at nearby stations.
I’ve never noticed that work is scaled back for the summer, except that full line shutdowns on the lines to Coney Island are avoided.
But there’s never much work on Puerto Rican Day, and only the simplest of GO’s generally run on the first day of a pick (this Sunday). That limits the sort of work that can take place on Saturday, since a lot of tasks need the full weekend.
About this Transit Authority terminology,
what is a “GO”?
and what is a “pick”, as in “first day of a pick”?
GO is a General Order, in other words a service change.
A pick is when transit employees get to choose a new run/schedule. It typically happens 4 times a year (?).
At least now I can understand that post.
Some terms are not readily comprehensible to people who never have been transit workers.
Twice a year on the subway. It’s the day that new schedules go into effect (such as the much-heralded one on the L) and that crews change their own work schedules.
Jerrold: Sorry for the jargon, but now you can add yourself to the growing list of non-transit workers who know the terminology.
We attempted to take the 4 Train to Brooklyn today about 4 PM to discover that no 4 trains were running to Brooklyn. Looking at the countdown clocks, most of the trains on that line were 5s and 6s, but there were a couple of 4s which were listed as going to Bowling Green.
I doubled checked when I got home, and found out that no, the MTA has not cut 4 service to Brooklyn on the weekends, at least not officially, nor was 4 service to Brooklyn supposed to be suspended. I assume it was an unscheduled service disruption, but there were no announcements about this at all. The trains were packed of course, obviously the Puerto Rican Day parade was going on, but the trains on that line have been packed on the weekends as bad as rush hour for some time now.
I have no idea what was going on, but when I find myself in a situation like that, I go to Fulton and transfer to the 2/3. (Unless they’re not running either…)
We actually switched to the N at Union Square, then the Q at Canal Street, then the R going back to Manhattan to DeKalb to take us to Brooklyn Heights. We could have waited for the Q at Union Square but the platform was packed and I herded by wife onto the first train that came. My wife is eight months pregnant so navigating the maze of passages and stairs at Fulton Street is right out and wouldn’t have saved any time in any case.
What was notable was the lack of announcements or information. If it weren’t for the countdown clocks we either would have wasted a good chunk of the afternoon waiting for the 4.