It’s sad to say that the service changes planned for this weekend, despite being extensively disruptive, seem somewhat better than normal. The D train’s affinity for running on the F line continues, the N has a number of platform closures, and it’s apparently the R train’s turn to go on a bit of a vacation from running, but otherwise there are not a ton of notable new developments. Gauge the damage for yourself below.
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The good news is that Manhattan-bound J and Z service has been restored at 104th Street. The bad news is the usual slew of weekend service changes, in addition to a number of longer-term station closures. Rockaway remains without shuttle service at Broad Channel, the 2 and 3 are still not going between Brooklyn and Manhattan on weekends, and this weekend, G trains are also offering straphangers less service than usual.
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To add insult to injury, even the MTA’s Weekender offered poor service regarding the subway’s poor service this weekend, with more than usual repetitive data points, errors, and redundant information. Other bad news outside of this weekend’s temporary subway changes is two more long-term ones: The Cathedral Park station will start being skipped in both directions by A, B and C trains through September and the Rockaway Park Shuttle will cease servicing Broad Channel until May. Additionally there are a number of other significant service changes this weekend, especially for 2, 3, 5, A, C and 7 riders.
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Seasoned straphangers are certainly expectant of bad subway service news by this point, but that doesn’t make this weekend’s changeups any easier to navigate. The D and F are masquerading as each other across boroughs, 3 train riders are out of luck, and the Rockaways especially are hard hit by a lack of service on the only two lines which reach the area.
On the bright side, free bus service to LaGuardia Airport on the LaGuardia Link Q70 has been reinstated through April 7. Also in the realm of good news, eight extra trains will run out of Penn Station on the Long Island Rail Road for Good Friday and the start of Passover today. See the MTA’s press release for all of the additional afternoon departures. As well, MTA NYCTA President Andy Byford answered questions on Twitter yesterday and revealed his favorite Smiths song.
Credit: Museum of the City of New York
It’s a good weekend to hit north Brooklyn as the L and G trains are refreshingly free of caveats and complications. The A and C lines are less refreshing with a mess of skipped stations on local trains and local service on express trains. Also, if you’re headed past Church Avenue on the F to Coney Island, you’re out of luck. Look to free shuttle buses for alternate service, or try the D, N or Q.
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The MTA is blessing this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with “Many Extra Trains” on the railroads (sorry, straphangers) but also an alcohol ban on Metro-North and LIRR trains. The subway’s permanent alcohol ban will not be changed on this occasion, unsurprisingly and only somewhat disappointingly (based on SantaCon, it’s probably for the best).
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Beginning this weekend (well, 5am Monday morning), the 163 St-Amsterdam A and C stop will be closing in both directions at all times until the fall. A full load of brutal if temporary service changes will further frustrate straphangers this weekend, with the 4, A, and C trains in particular skipping a larger number of stops. The F and D will be significantly rerouted in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and 2 and 3 service remains suspended between the two boroughs.
Photo by Hannah Frishberg
As a nor’easter wreaks havoc above ground this weekend, the MTA will be causing chaos in the subway below with a slew of service changes. The C train will be taking a break from running Saturday night on and the 7 won’t be running between Manhattan and Queens. G service is restricted with service coming in two parts, and Roosevelt Island – which has but a single subway station – will be left with no subway service whatsoever as the Roosevelt Island F train station spends the weekend closed for “electrical improvements”.
Photo by Hannah Frishberg
The subways are a mess this weekend, with track replacement, electrical and structural improvements, and track maintenance wreaking havoc on service citywide – not that straphangers would expect anything better. Particularly detrimental this weekend is that the 3 is once again not running and 7 train service will be severely limited. The W train will be coming out of its usual weekend hibernation for some “special service” operating between Whitehall St and Ditmars Blvd.
Photo by Hannah Frishberg
Monday is a Federal Holiday, President’s Day, and the MTA has both a trick and a treat planned for the long weekend. The treat is that the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus will be free through Tuesday. The trick is that both subways and buses will be operating on a Saturday schedule come Monday, meaning there will be no express service on the 6 or 7 trains and the B, J and W trains will not be running, in addition to a number of other service changes.
The MTA is offering no rest for weary straphangers in terms of planned work line rerouting: 3 trains won’t be running at all, and the Rockaways will be serviced largely by shuttle bus.