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.