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Local News February 14, 2013  RSS feed

TRANSIT NEWS and Updates

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Saturday Service On Presidents Day

All MTA New York City Transit buses and subways and all buses operated by the MTA Bus Company will run on a Saturday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Riders are advised to plan their trips accordingly and allow for additional travel time.

More Weekend Svc. Disruptions On J Line

J train service is scheduled to be suspended between Crescent Street in Brooklyn and Jamaica Center in Queens this weekend, from 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 until 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. This service change will be in effect every weekend through Sunday, Mar. 10.

During this period, J trains will only operate between Crescent Street and Chambers Street. Shuttle buses will provide alternate service, making stops at all J train stations between Crescent Street and 121st Street, and connect to the Jamaica-Van Wyck station on the E line.

Riders can transfer between the shuttle buses and the J train at Crescent Street. For service to the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue and Jamaica Center stations, transfer from the shuttle bus to the E train at Jamaica-Van Wyck.

The shuttle buses will stop as follows:

• Crescent Street—on Fulton Street at Crescent Street;

• Cypress Hills—at the B13 stop on Jamaica Avenue at Hemlock Street (to Jamaica-Van Wyck) or on Crescent Street at Jamaica Avenue (to Crescent Street station);

• 75th Street-Elderts Lane—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at 75th Street (to Jamaica-Van Wyck) or at Dexter Court (to Crescent Street);

• 85th Street-Forest Parkway—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at 85th Street (to Jamaica-Van Wyck) or 86th Street (to Crescent Street);

• Woodhaven Boulevard—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at Woodhaven Boulevard;

• 104th Street—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at 104th Street;

• 111th Street—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at 111th Street;

• 121st Street—at Q56 bus stops on Jamaica Avenue at 121st Street; and

• Jamaica-Van Wyck—on the Van Wyck Expressway service road at 89th Avenue.

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

No Weekend 7 Train Bet. Qns., Manhattan

There will be no service on the 7 line between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street this holiday weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. 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 (and on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18) 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.

Additional Changes On Subway Lines

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, Feb. 13. 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:

Knickerbocker Station Is Back In Operation

The Knickerbocker Avenue station on the M line reopened at 10 a.m. last Friday morning, Feb. 8, in both directions after the MTA completed repairs as part of its “Station Renewal” program.

E Train Becomes Overnight Express

Jamaica Center-bound E trains will run express service between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Island late nights, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 12:15 to 5 a.m. through Friday, Apr. 2.

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 Manhattan-bound E train. For service from these stations, take the E train to Queens Plaza, then transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound E train.

Some J Trains Make Last Stop In Rich. Hill

The last stop for some Jamaica Center-bound J trains will be 111th Street on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Riders can transfer between J trains at 111th Street to continue their trip.

It was noted that all Jamaica Center bound J trains running to Jamaica Center during this period will operate every 20 minutes. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

F Train Switches Line This Weekend

Manhattan-bound F trains will run on the M line between Roosevelt Avenue and 47th-50th Streets this holiday weekend, from 11:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

As a result of this service change, there will be no Manhattan-bound F train service at the 21st Street- Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Avenue-63rd Street or 57th Street stations.

For service to these stations, take the F train to 47th-50th Streets, then transfer to a Jamaica-bound F train. For service from 21st Street-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F train to Roosevelt Avenue, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound F train.

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 on weekdays from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. and on weekends from 4:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. The change in times is in order to accommodate ongoing work along the line to restore full service in the Rockaways.

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.