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TRANSIT NEWS and Updates

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Sunday Service For Thanksgiving

All New York City Transit subways and buses and all MTA Bus Company buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day today, Thursday, Nov. 22. Riders are advised to plan their trips accordingly.

Subway Changes

The MTA has scheduled a number of service changes for several subway lines throughout the city due to construction work.

These service advisories are current as of Wednesday, Nov. 21. Last minute changes to service and operating schedules may be made due to weather-related conditions or emergency repairs. Check www.mta.info for schedule changes.

Rail lines which run through the area that will be affected include the following:

Williamsburg Stops Skipped On J & M

Jamaica Center-bound J trains and Middle Village-bound M trains will skip the Hewes Street, Lorimer Street and Flushing Avenue stations on Friday, Nov. 23, from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For service to these stations, take the J or M train to Myrtle Avenue- Broadway, then transfer to a Manhattan bound J or M train. For service from these stations, take a Manhattanbound J or M train to Marcy Avenue (for unlimited MetroCard users only) or Essex Street, then transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound J train or a Middle Village-bound M train.

Weekend Local Svc. Changes On E & R

E trains will operate local service in both directions between Roosevelt Avenue and Queens Plaza all this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25. These trains will stop at the 65th Street, Northern Boulevard, 46th Street, Steinway Street and 36th Street stations.

Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Furthermore, R trains will run on the F line in both directions between 36th Street in Queens and 57th Street-Seventh Avenue in Manhattan this weekend. As a result, these trains will skip the Queens Plaza, Lexington Avenue-59th Street and Fifth Avenue 59th Street stations.

For service to Queens Plaza, transfer to the E train at Steinway Street or 42nd Street-Port Authority.

Overnight Express On E Train To Jamaica

Jamaica Center-bound E trains will run express service between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Avenue overnights on Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 30, from 12:15 to 5 a.m.

For service to the 36th Street, Steinway Street, 46th Street, Northern Boulevard and 65th Street stations, take the E train to Roosevelt Avenue, then transfer to a Manhattanbound E train. For service from these stations, take the E train to Queens Plaza, then transfer to a Jamaica Center bound E train.

Weekend Disruption Splits The N Line

N trains will not operate between Queens and Manhattan this weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. During this period, N trains will operate in two sections: between Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza and between Lexington Avenue 59th Street and Stillwell Avenue Coney Island.

For service between Queens and Manhattan, transfer to the 7 train at either Queensboro Plaza or Times Square-42nd Street.

N Train Skips Stops In Astoria Weekdays

Manhattan-bound N trains will skip the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue and 39th Avenue stations on Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, from 10:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. During this period, there is no Q train service between 57th Street-Seventh Avenue and Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard.

For service to these stations, take the N train to Queensboro Plaza, then transfer to an Astoria-bound N train. For service from these stations, take the N train to Astoria Boulevard, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound N train.

Some L Trains Run Short In Bushwick

Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues will be the last stop for select Rockaway Parkway-bound L trains on Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Riders can transfer between L trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues to continue their trip.

It was noted that L trains running between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues and Rockaway Parkway will operate every 12 minutes. Plan all trips accordingly.

Knick. Ave M Stop Closed For Repairs

The Knickerbocker Avenue station on the M line remains closed at all times until early 2013 as the MTA conducts repairs.

Riders are advised to use the nearby Central Avenue and Myrtle- Wyckoff Avenues stations as alternates. The B54 bus provides connecting service between Knickerbocker Avenue and the two stations.

During overnight hours, shuttle buses will provide additional service along the B54 route between Myrtle- Wyckoff Avenues and Myrtle Avenue- Broadway, stopping at the Knickerbocker Avenue and Central Avenue stations.

New H Train Acts As Rockaway Shuttle

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that residents of the Rockaway Peninsula are now able to use a free rail shuttle service known as the H train, which began running at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is operating the service by using subway cars that were trucked to the Rockaways after tracks connecting them to the rest of Queens were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The newly-named H train will operate every 15 minutes between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station and the Beach 90th Street-Holland station, making all intermediate stops using a connection known as the Hammels Wye that is not normally used for service.

Stations west of Beach 90th Street- Holland suffered extensive damage to signal systems and cannot yet accommodate passenger service.

The H train will run between 4 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily, leaving time for overnight maintenance and inspection of the line. Rockaways customers who take the H train to the Far Rockaway- Mott Avenue station can use the free shuttle bus from there to the Howard Beach station on the A train, connecting them to the rest of the MTA New York City Transit subway system.

MTA New York City Transit created the new H shuttle service by loading 20 R-32 subway cars onto flatbed trucks in Ozone Park, driving them over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, and placing them back on the rails at the Rockaway Park- Beach 116th Street station.

Hurricane Outages Remain On A, J/Z, R

• Until further notice, there is no service on the A line south of the Howard Beach station to the Rockaways. The Rockaway Park Shuttle also remains out of service indefinitely.

Riders can use a free shuttle bus between Howard Beach and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue. For service between Mott Avenue and Beach 116th Street, riders can transfer at Far Rockaway to the Q22 bus, which runs to and from Roxbury.

• Service on the J/Z line remains suspended indefinitely between Chambers Street and Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. For alternate service, riders are advised to transfer to the 4 or 5 trains at Chambers Street.

• There is no service on the R line between 34th Street-Herald Square and Jay Street-MetroTech until further notice. The R line operates in two sections: between 34th Street-Herald Square and 71st-Continental Avenue in Forest Hills; and between Jay Street-MetroTech and Bay Ridge-95th Street in Brooklyn.

For service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, riders are advised to transfer to the N or Q trains at either 34th Street-Herald Square or Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center. For service to Lower Manhattan, transfer to the 4 or 5 trains at 14th Street-Union Square, Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center or Lexington Avenue-59th Street.

For a complete list of service changes and last-minute updates, visit the MTA’s website at www.mta.info or call 511.