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FASTRACK in Brooklyn: No local IRT service

by Benjamin Kabak


Here’s a FASTRACK that’s, uh, near and dear to my heart. My own station will be closed each night this week as FASTRACK knocks out all local service between Atlantic Ave. and Franklin Ave. along the IRT in Brooklyn. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next four nights, 2 and 4 trains will run express, skipping Bergen St., Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway. The 3 train service into Brooklyn will end early each night while 4 trains will head to New Lots a little earlier than usual.

As FASTRACKs go, this one is a pretty easy one. The Q makes a stop at 7th Ave. that can serve much of the area, and the stops aren’t that far apart to make walking out of the question. Still, the MTA will run shuttle buses up and down Flatbush Ave. and Eastern Parkway to provide access to the shuttered local stops. Free shuttle buses operate between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Franklin Av making station stops at Bergen St, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Pkwy.

Meanwhile, Monday was a pretty busy day at MTA HQ as Metro-North and the LIRR reporting very high ridership figures for 2013, Transit announced an extension of the trash can-free station program, and Capital Construction ate humble pie over the East Side Access project. I’ll have more on each of those stories over the next few days.

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Asar January 27, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Do you know if 5 service will end early Ben?

Benjamin Kabak January 27, 2014 - 6:49 pm

As now, 5 train service into Brooklyn will end at its regularly scheduled time.

alek January 27, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Next week is the first time that Fastrack is going be stretching into two week pattern on the same line. A/C line.

I noticed that this fastrack is not bad compared with the last year fastrack on the Nostrand Ave. Remember that the MTA said use the (Q) as a alternative but it was 1 mile away. Then switch problems two times.

Graham January 27, 2014 - 8:27 pm

It will be interesting to see if ridership on the Franklin Ave shuttle goes up on the affected nights.

Simon January 29, 2014 - 8:13 am

Why would it? The 2/4 still stop at Franklin Av.


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