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MTA Outages: What You Need To Know

MTA Outages: What You Need To Know

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is changing their schedule from late Friday night, Dec. 29, through early Tuesday morning, Jan. 2. The excuse is “upgrading and maintaining our tracks, stations and signal systems in order to continue to provide our customers with safe and reliable service.” 15 train lines are involved.  All information is courtesy of the MTA.

 

If you’re heading to Times Square on the subway, all exits will be closed due to security measures. The 50 St 1 station and both north and southbound platforms at 49 St N/Q/R station will also be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight. The MTA recommends taking the A/C/E to 50th Street or the F to 57th Street and walking to Times Square. Buses are not recommended due to the number of street closures.

After Midnight on New Year’s Day subways near Times Square will run every eight to 12 minutes until 3 a.m. and the 42nd Street shuttle will operate all night.

1 train:

  • From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, uptown 1 trains run express from 96 St to 157 St.

2 train:

  • From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2 trains replace weekend 5 service between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

2/3 trains:

  • From 1:45 p.m. Friday, December 29 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2/3 service will be suspended in Brooklyn.
    • In Brooklyn, 4 service will operate local to Crown Hts-Utica Av to replace the 3. Free shuttle buses will run from Crown Hts-Utica Av to New Lots Av. 5 service will be extended to Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College to replace the 2. 4 and 5 trains will run local in Brooklyn. Service will not be available at the Clark St and Hoyt St stations. As an alternative, use the nearby Borough Hall and Nevins St 4/5. Transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr for N/Q/R trains for service to Manhattan.
    • In Manhattan, downtown 2/3 trains will be rerouted. 2 trains will run between the Bronx and South Ferry, making local stops between 34 St-Penn Station and South Ferry. 3 service will run between Harlem-148 St and 14 St. Service will not be available at the Park Place and Wall St stations. Use the nearby Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and Wall St 4/5 stations instead.
    • A free out-of-system transfer is available between the South Ferry 1/2 and Bowling Green 4/5 Transfer between South Ferry 1/2 and R at South Ferry-Whitehall St. Transfer at Times Sq-42 St for N/Q/R trains to Brooklyn.

4/5 trains:

  • From 10:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec 31, 4/5 trains run local in both directions between Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.
  • From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 service is extended to New Lots Av and 5 service is extended to Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College. 4/5 trains will run local in Brooklyn to replace the 2/3. A free out-of-system transfer is available between the South Ferry 1/2 and Bowling Green 4/5 stations.

5 train:

  • From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 5 trains replace weekend 2 service between Wakefield-241 St and E 180 St.

A train:

  • From 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, uptown A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C train:

  • From 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, uptown C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D train:

  • From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts, 174-175 Sts and 170 St.
  • From 10:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, D trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Av and 36 St in Brooklyn.

E train:

  • At all times until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av due to Subway Action Plan work on the 53rd Street E/M Line between Manhattan and Queens. Use the nearby F stations on 6 Av, 7/A/C/D/R and/or Lexington Av 4 local to complete your trip. For service to Queens Plaza, use the R on days and evenings. Overnight, free shuttle buses connect Court Sq-23 St, 21 St-Queensbridge, and Queens Plaza.
  • From 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 2, uptown E trains skip Spring St and 23 St due to drain cleaning as part of Subway Action Plan work. Use a downtown A local, C or E to complete your trip.

F train:

  • At all times until early 2018, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Pkwy and Avenue I due to station renewal work on the Culver Line . When finished, more than 27,000 daily customers will benefit from repaired staircases, fare control areas, walls, floors, platform girders, new platform windscreens, rubbing boards, tactile warning strips, improved lighting and artwork.
    • For service to these stations, take a Manhattan-bound F train to Kings Hwy or 18 Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.
    • For service from these stations, take a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F train to Kings Hwy or Avenue X and transfer to a Manhattan-bound F.
  • From 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Jay St-MetroTech to Church Av due to drain cleaning as part of Subway Action Plan work. Use a Jamaica-179 St bound F train to complete your trip. Transfer at Church Av, 7 Av or Jay St-MetroTech. As a reminder, G trains will not run between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

G train:

  • From 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, G service is suspended in both directions between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av due to drain cleaning as part of Subway Action Plan work. To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs G, Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts A/G, and Jay St-MetroTech A/F. As a reminder, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains will run express from Jay St-MetroTech to Church Av.

J train:

  • At all times until early 2018, Manhattan-bound trains skip 121 St and 104 St due to station rehabilitation work.
    • For service to these stations, use the nearby 111 St or Woodhaven Blvd stations instead. Or, take the Manhattan-bound J to 111 St or Woodhaven Blvd and transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound J.
    • For service from these stations, use the nearby 111 St or Woodhaven Blvd stations instead. Or, take the Q56 bus and transfer to/from J service at nearby 111 St.

M train:

  • At all times until April 2018, M service is suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs due to the Myrtle Viaduct Reconstruction project. M service will operate in two sections:
    • Between Delancey-Essex St and Myrtle Av, and via the J to/from Broadway Junction, days/evenings.
    • Between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.
    • Free shuttle buses operate between Myrtle Av (Broadway) and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.
  • At all times until 12 midnight, Friday, Dec. 29, M service is suspended in both directions between 71 Av and Broadway Junction due to Subway Action Plan work. Additional service operates between Broadway Junction and Chambers St.

N train:

  • At all times until Fall 2018, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St.
    • For service to these stations, take the Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N to Bay Pkwy or Coney Island-Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound N.
    • For service from these stations, take a Manhattan-bound N to Bay Pkwy or 8 Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N.
    • For New Utrecht Av-62 St, take the D. Transfer between N and D trains at 36 St or Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
  • At all times until Spring 2018, N trains skip 30 Av and 36 Av in both directions due to MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative project. For alternate service during this closure, use the nearby open Astoria line stations for N/W service at Broadway, Astoria Blvd, and 39 Av, or go to the Steinway St or 36 St M/R stations. Or, use the following convenient bus route(s):
    • Q102 to open Astoria line stations, Queensboro Plaza N/W/7 or Queens Plaza E/M/R.
    • Q18 to Northern Blvd M/R.
    • Q66 to Steinway St M/R, Northern Blvd M/R, 21 St-Queensbridge F, Queensboro Plaza N/W/7, and Queens Plaza E/M/R.
    • Q69 and Q100 Ltd to 21 St-Queensbridge F, Queens Plaza E/M/R, Queensboro Plaza N/W/7.
  • From 10:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, N trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Av and 59 St in Brooklyn, due to drain cleaning as part of Subway Action Plan work.

Q train:

  • From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, Q trains are suspended in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach due to signal maintenance as part of Subway Action Plan work. Q trains will operate between Brighton Beach and 96 St. Free shuttle buses operate between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Brighton Beach, stopping at West 8 St and Ocean Pkwy.

Secrets of Times Square

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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