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Weekend work affecting 18 subway lines

by Benjamin Kabak

I apparently picked a good weekend to head out of the country as nearly every subway line has an alert due to some weekend work, and I can’t remember a weekend quite as busy as this one. Anyway, as you may have figured, I’m on vacation for the next week. I’ll try to check in here as I have time, but I’ll likely not be posting much. You can follow me on Instagram for scenes from my travels. I’ve already taken multiple U-Bahn trips in Berlin and will be riding Stockholm’s Tunnelbana next week. Meanwhile, here are those numerous service advisories.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 96 St to Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Brooklyn-bound 2 trains run express from 96 St to Times Sq-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 3 trains operate to/from New Lots Av all weekend, replacing the 4 in Brooklyn. 3 trains run express in Manhattan.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Bowling Green and New Lots Av. 23 trains provide alternate service. Transfer between 4 and 23 trains at Fulton St. Downtown 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, May 10, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3 Av-138 St to Hunts Point Av.

  • To Brook Av, Cypress Av, E 143 St, E 149 St, and Longwood Av, take the 6 to Hunts Point Av and transfer to a Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6.
  • From these stations, take a 6 to 3 Av-138 St and transfer to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip Spring St, 23 St, and 50 St. Trains run every 15 minutes.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 168 St-bound C trains skip Spring St, 23 St, and 50 St. Trains run every 15 minutes.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 168 St Queens-bound E trains skip Spring St, 23 St. Trains run every 15 minutes.


From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and May 10, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Jamaica Center- Parsons/Archer bound E trains run local from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av, and World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr to Roosevelt Av.


From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av. Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.


From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, Chambers St-bound J trains run express from Broadway Junction to Myrtle Av.


From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, L trains are suspended in both directions between 8 Av and Lorimer St. Use AJM, M14, and free shuttle buses.

  • L service operates between Lorimer St and Rockaway Pkwy.
  • M service is extended to the 57 St F station, days and evenings.
  • Free shuttle buses operate between Lorimer St and the Broadway G station, stopping at Bedford Av, Marcy Av JM, and Hewes St J/M.
  • A free MetroCard transfer is available from the Broadway G to the Lorimer St J/M station.
  • Transfer between free shuttle buses and JM trains at Marcy Av or Hewes St.
  • Consider using the A or J to/from Manhattan via transfer at Broadway Junction or the M via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.
  • M14A buses provide alternate service along 14 St between 8 Av and 1 Av, and connect with the J/M at Delancey-Essex Sts station.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, May 10, M service is extended to the 57 St F line station.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip 49 St.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains run local from 59 St to 36 St in Brooklyn.


From 10:45 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains skip 49 St.


From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.


From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, Brooklyn-bound R trains skip 49 St.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 36 St-bound R shuttle trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

Rockaway Park Shuttle
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended. Shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park and the Beach 67 St A station, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at Beach 67 St.

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21 comments

alek May 8, 2015 - 9:54 pm

It is good that they are extending the 4 to Bowling Green to give customers the connection to the 2/3 at Fulton over Brooklyn Bridge.

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sonicboy678 May 9, 2015 - 4:17 pm

In relation to most other times the 4 was locked out of Brooklyn, it is an extension; in regards to normal service, it’s still cut back. At least they’re not completely sacrificing the 5 for it.4, though it only enters Brooklyn on weekends if either the 2 is locked out or if the Jerome Avenue Line (north of 149 St-GC) is closed.

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Brooklynite May 8, 2015 - 10:23 pm

The A/C/E can’t each be running every 15 minutes. Hopefully that’s just a typo by some intern.

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sonicboy678 May 9, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Sure they can. It’s not practical for all of them to, but they can. Provided that the A and C have consistent service patterns between Rockaway Boulevard and 207 Street and each is devoted to a specific Queens branch, the ideal combined headway would be about 7.5 minutes (barring Chambers Street to about 50 Street for obvious reasons). Of course, this is the MTA, so that wouldn’t happen by a long shot.

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Brooklynite May 9, 2015 - 5:30 pm

The C is not heading to Lefferts. If it were, then it would just be an A. Since it isn’t, that would mean 30-minute intervals east of Rockaway Blvd.

15 minutes is still an absurd headway for a subway system during the day. What they should really be doing is suspending the C and running the A local. That’s less than 10 extra minutes for the entire route.

What they should really do, though, is put up one of those orange unrollable fences between the tracks so they don’t need to do flagging. It’s ridiculous that a track can’t handle 20tph.

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sonicboy678 May 11, 2015 - 9:05 am

In that case, you missed what I was implying.

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Tower18 May 9, 2015 - 4:45 pm

The entire A change seems like it can’t be right. For starters, the A train would always skip those local stops, except late night, so it’s redundant to note that it would skip them during the day.

I think what it really means is that uptown A trains will run express during late night hours as well, from 11:45pm Friday to 6:30am Saturday, and again 11:45pm Saturday to 6:30am Sunday, and then 11:45pm Sunday to 5am Monday. Basically “Weekend late nights, uptown A trains make express stops Canal to 59th”. Then the every 15 minutes part I think is a slight service cut, as the A usually runs like every 12 minutes for a bit during those times, before going to every 20 for overnights.

But I see we’re still seeing my current bugaboo of the every-15-minute C train at all times. WTF. It’s been like 2 months. Setting aside whether it’s necessary to have such poor service to accommodate construction, what are they doing between Canal and 59th? Must be serious work. Are they working on the interlocking at Canal?

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Tower18 May 9, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Also, since when are there Flatbush-Brooklyn College-bound 5 trains on the weekends? Definitely some noob screwups this week.

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sonicboy678 May 9, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Noted above.

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Brooklynite May 9, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Just to compile all the errors in this G/O listing:

-Changes for the 2, A, Q, and R have the “11:45 Fri – 6:30 Sun” error.
-5 trains don’t run to Brooklyn on weekends.
-A and E trains are not running every 15 minutes.
-The E cannot terminate at “168 St Queens,” since that station was closed in 1977 and demolished shortly thereafter.
-The Q has a change running from “10:45am to 5am Monday.”

All in all, class act by MTA. Do they not have proofreaders for this stuff?

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sonicboy678 May 11, 2015 - 9:07 am

Apparently not. I’ve seen listings where they said things like Bx32 and Bx62 in relation to the G Fix & Fortify work and Franklin Av-Barclays Center in relation to an issue on the Eastern Parkway Line.

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Joe May 11, 2015 - 12:21 pm

For the 2, A, Q and R, it appears the are not doing work Sunday daytime, but resuming Sunday night. If you read the whole line:

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 8 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 10, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 11,

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Brooklynite May 11, 2015 - 11:54 pm

In reality those changes did not occur Saturday day, which isn’t what the description says.

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al May 11, 2015 - 10:45 am

Berlin to Stockholm…if you get the chance, check out the ├śresund Bridge/Tunnel between Denmark and Sweden.

By the way Skanska and Hochtief were part of the team that built it. Slattery Skanska and Turner Construction are their NYC subsidiaries.

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TimK May 12, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Hey Ben, I’d be very interested to hear what you think of the tunnelbana in Stockholm, where I used to be a train operator.

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pete May 12, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Berlin’s buttons to open the metro doors are awesome. Why can’t NYC have nice things http://www.railroad.net/forums.....86#p941635 ?

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sonicboy678 May 14, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Personally, I find it to be a stupid idea, but that may have to do with experience with our subway system. I’m not exactly sold on open gangways, but I’d expect those to work more optimally than buttons.

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Bolwerk May 14, 2015 - 7:24 pm

I find that annoying. I’m not even sure what the benefit is.

I suppose there is a slight benefit in the winter. I don’t even see an energy benefit, since they don’t use A/C (at least I’m pretty sure they didn’t when I was last there, which was a while ago) in the summer and heat in the winter is pretty much free.

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Matthias May 15, 2015 - 10:46 am

It only makes sense if ridership is light enough that not all doors need to open. It might make sense on the outer ends of elevated lines to reduce wear & tear and keep heat/AC inside, but would only increase dwell time at busier stations.

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Tower18 May 15, 2015 - 11:57 am

Most implementations of this I’ve seen (Europe, Minneapolis) have the doors controlled by the conductor in central portions of the line (or when in subway), but the doors go to passenger-controlled in outer or elevated sections. So as an example, the F train spends much of its run underground, but once it goes elevated past Church Ave in Brooklyn, the doors would be passenger-controlled to open. The conductor still closes all doors.

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pete May 20, 2015 - 10:33 am

Less wear and tear on the door motors, and therefore the door. If a subway train can’t close its door, it goes out of service and drives directly to the last station. There is also the problem of 1 of the 2 door panels being locked in place since they are broken and causing human congestion at the platform. Heat in winter is electric and takes as much power as the AC in the summer, that power is countable $. Also on outdoor stations, less water is on the floor of the subway car if the door never opens in a thunderstorm.

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