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Local News January 17, 2013  RSS feed

TRANSIT NEWS and Updates

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Normal Train & Bus Service On MLK Day

All MTA New York City Transit subway lines and most New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company bus routes will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21.

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, Jan. 18, until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. This service change will be in effect every weekend through Monday, Mar. 25.

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 Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays 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.

Visit www.mta.info for any lastminute schedule changes.

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, Jan. 16. 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:

Even More Service Disruptions On 7 Line

Flushing-bound 7 trains will skip the 33rd Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street and 69th Street stations on Thursday, Jan. 17, and Jan. 18, from 10:15 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For service to these stations, take the 7 train to Woodside-61st Street or 74th Street, then transfer to a Manhattan bound 7 train. For service from these stations, take the 7 train to Woodside-61st Street or Queensboro Plaza, then transfer to a Flushingbound 7 train.

Furthermore, express service on all Flushing-bound 7 trains will end early on Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. through Mar. 22. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Switch Of Lines For F Train This Weekend

Jamaica-bound F trains will run on the M line between 47th-50th Streets and Roosevelt Avenue this weekend, from 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. This service change will also be in effect the following weekend, Jan. 25-28.

As a result of this change, Jamaica bound F trains will not stop at Roosevelt Island or 21st Street- Queensbridge. For service to these stations, take the F train to Roosevelt Avenue, then transfer to a Manhattanbound F train. For service from these stations, take the F train to 47th-50th Streets, then transfer to a Jamaicabound F train.

E & M Make Line Switch Overnights

Manhattan-bound E trains will run on the F line between 36th Street in Queens and West Fourth Street in Manhattan late nights on Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Additionally, Middle Villagebound M trains will run on the F line between 36th Street in Queens to 47th-50th Streets in Manhattan on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22-23, from 11:30 p.m. until midnight.

As a result of these changes, there will be no Manhattan-bound E or M train service at the Queens Plaza or Court Square-23rd Street stations. For service to these stops, transfer to the 7 train at Roosevelt Avenue. For service from these stations, use the 7 train at either Court Square-23rd Street or Queensboro Plaza as an alternate.

Weekend Shutdown In Bklyn. On The G Line

G train service will be suspended between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets and Church Avenue this weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

To reach the affected stations, transfer to the A or C train at Hoyt- Schermerhorn Streets or the A, C or F train at Jay Street-MetroTech.

During these periods, G trains will also operate in two sections—between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenue and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets. Riders can transfer between G trains at Bedford-Nostrand Avenues to continue their trip.

It was noted that the trains running between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets will operate every 20 minutes. Customers are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Knick. Ave M Stop Closed For Repairs

The Knickerbocker Avenue station on the M line remains closed at all times until March 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.

Sandy-Related Svc. Changes Remain

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.

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