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TRANSIT NEWS and Updates

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Sunday Schedule On New Year’s Day

All MTA New York City Transit buses and subway lines and all MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Riders are advised to plan their trips accordingly.

Take The Subway To Times Sq. On Mon.

Those heading to Times Square on Monday night, Dec. 31, to ring in the new year are advised to take the subway to get there; however, MTA New York City Transit announced that there will be changes at area stations due to heavy crowds.

Customers heading to Times Square should avoid departing at the 42nd Street-Times Square station. The northbound platform at the 50th Street station on the 1 line and the southbound platform at the 49th Street station on the N, Q and R lines will be closed from 7 p.m. until after midnight.

Riders are advised to exit at stations at 57th Street or 59th Street- Columbus Circle, and then walk to Times Square. Additionally, due to the large number of street closures in and around Times Square, service on bus routes nearby will be diverted.

Following midnight, trains on subway lines in and around Times Square will run every eight to 12 minutes until 3 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Grand Central Shuttle will also operate all night.

Extra LIRR Trains For New Year’s Break

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will provide additional trains to and from Penn Station during the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 28, and through Monday, Dec. 31, for those wishing to get an early start on their New Year’s celebrations.

The extra service includes eight additional eastbound trains on Friday afternoon, 14 extra trains on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, and eight additional eastbound trains on Monday afternoon.

For those taking part in the Times Square New Year’s celebration, will also be 18 additional westbound trains to Penn Station beginning at 4:55 p.m. on Monday and 14 extra early morning eastbound trains out of Penn Station on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1.

The LIRR advises customers to purchase round trip tickets and Metro- Cards for connecting subway and bus service in advance. Furthermore, open alcoholic beverage containers will not be permitted on all LIRR trains, platforms and stations from noon on Monday until noon on Tuesday. MTA Police will enforce this restriction.

For information about the additional service, call 511 or visit www.mta.info/lirr.

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, Dec. 26. 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:

No Weekend 7 Trains Bet. Qns. & Manhattan

There will be no service on the 7 line between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street this weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, until 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

During this period, 7 trains will only operate between Queensboro Plaza and Flushing-Main Street. As an alternate, the Q train will be extended from 57th Street in Manhattan to Astoria Ditmars Boulevard on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For service between Queens and Manhattan, transfer from the 7 train to the N or Q trains at Queensboro Plaza or Times Square-42nd Street or the E train at the Roosevelt Avenue, Court Square-23rd Street or 42nd Street- Port Authority stations.

Shuttle buses will replace 7 train service at stations in Long Island City between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue. These buses will additionally stop at Queens Plaza for connections to the E or R trains.

The shuttle buses will stop as follows:

• Queensboro Plaza—on Queens Plaza South at 27th Street;

• Queens Plaza—on Jackson Avenue at Queens Plaza South;

• Court Square-23rd Street—on 44th Drive at 23rd Street (to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue) or on 23rd Street at 44th Drive (to Queensboro Plaza);

• Hunters Point Avenue—on 21st Street at 49th Avenue; and

• Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue— on Vernon Boulevard at 50th Avenue.

Weekday Express On J Line In Brooklyn

Jamaica Center-bound J trains will run express service between Myrtle Avenue and Broadway Junction on Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For service to the Kosciuszko Street, Gates Avenue, Halsey Street and Chauncey Street stations, take the J train to Broadway Junction, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound J train. For service from these stations, take the J train to Myrtle Avenue, then transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound J train.

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.

Hurricane Sandy Service Changes

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

Riders can use a free shuttle bus between Howard Beach and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue. There is also a free H train shuttle operating between Far Rockaway and Beach 90th Street. Stations west of Beach 90th Street remain closed.

The H train operates every 15 minutes every day; the line is closed between 1 and 4 a.m. every morning for maintenance.

For service between Beach 90th Street and Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Streets, transfer to the Q22 bus line, which makes nearby stops.

• The MTA has expanded service on the Q52 limited line between Woodside and the Rockaways in order to increase rush-hour access to the A train in Ozone Park.

Reportedly, service time has been doubled during peak rush hours on the Q52, which terminates in the Arverne section of the Rockaways. Q52 buses will run ever six minutes during peak rush hours and every 7 1/2 minutes during non-rush hour periods on weekdays.

The Q52 primarily runs on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards and stops at Liberty Avenue, close to the Rockaway Boulevard A train station.

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