weekend subway service

weekend subway service

4 and Q trains are taking this weekend off

By Devin Gannon, Fri, November 9, 2018

Photo via MTA on Flickr

Two of the city’s busiest subway lines apparently need some time off this weekend. The 4 train is not running at all in Brooklyn and does not stop at 11 more stops Uptown and in the Bronx. Although the local 6 typically comes to our rescue, it won’t happen this weekend. The 6 is skipping 28, 51, 68, 77, 96, 103, 110, and 116th Streets. Plus, the Q is not running between Prospect Park and 96th Street. But thankfully, the M is running special weekend service along the Q. Before you head out this weekend, check the rest of the planned service changes ahead.

Know before you go-

weekend subway service

One of the best New York City events takes place this weekend: the NYC Marathon. With an expected 50,000 runners participating in the race on Sunday, and thousands more cheering on the sidelines, you can definitely expect some transit and traffic disruptions. The marathon kicks of 8:30 a.m. in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. In addition to typical subway delays and reroutes (or just a total lack of service), the MTA is also closing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on Nov. 4 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you need help getting to the event on Sunday, check out the Marathon Subway Map from the MTA. And ahead, find the rest of the subway service changes planned for this weekend.

Here’s the subway situation

weekend subway service

Photo via Brian on Flickr

Another weekend, another two days of subway service changes. The worst offenders this weekend include the L, Q, and 7 lines, none of which are not running from the outer boroughs into Manhattan. While there are alternative transit options, they are likely running on a scheduled delay of every 12 minutes or more, knowing the MTA.

See the damage

weekend subway service

Weeknight L train service now suspended through November

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, October 19, 2018

Bedford L Train

Via Roshan Vyas on Flickr

Seasoned straphangers are mentally girded for the worst of subway news, but the MTA’s most recent blow to L train service is still a low one: through the end of November, L trains won’t be running between Broadway Junction and 8th Avenue late nights (10:45 pm to 5am) on weeknights. Yikes.

The full damage

weekend subway service

NYC subway Q train

Photo via Wikipedia

There aren’t any new station closures planned for this weekend, but there are delays galore: Q trains will be running every 30 minutes in Brooklyn and 4 trains every 16 between 125th Street and Woodlawn. Incredible how the MTA can, in theory, time planned delays to the minute but not good service, isn’t it?

Here’s the full slate of service changes

weekend subway service

Photo via Flickr cc

Among other bad news – including the fact that the L train will hardly be running on weekends for the rest of October – the fact that the 7 train service will be suspended between Queensboro Plaza and Hudson Yards, making Comic-Con much more difficult to access than it would usually be, stands out as beyond poor planning. But the MTA on Friday did map out multiple transit alternatives to make your 7-less trip not so bad, including overnight shuttle service at 42nd Street, shuttle buses running every five minutes, and special (and discounted) Long Island Rail Road service that will get customers between Manhattan and Citi Field. Here’s the lot of it…

Expect 12-minute minimum delays across the 2 line

weekend subway service

Photo via Wiki Commons

Yesterday, the 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue C station reopened for service in both directions after being closed since March for extensive renovations. In addition to structural improvements, cosmetic additions were added in the form of four new glass mosaic murals by area artists. That’s the good news – the bad news is there’s no 5 train service this weekend and the D and F trains are once again masquerading as one another for a large number of stops.

Here are all the planned service changes for this weekend

weekend subway service

M train, NYC subway

M train via Robert Marrero/Photo Bucket

Straphangers can expect planned delays on the entire 2 and M lines this weekend, which will respectively be running with 12-minute and 20-minute delays (incredibly exact estimates for an agency rarely known for predictable service). Otherwise, this weekend has a relatively non-crippling array of planned service changes.

Here’s the full line-up

weekend subway service

MTA New York Transit President Andy Byford greeted the first train to stop at the station for service, a northbound 1 train that arrived at 12:01 p.m. Via MTA Flickr

Almost two decades later, the WTC Cortlandt 1 station has reopened, and boy does it look spiffy. Maybe not two decades worth of no service spiffy, but certainly it’s in better shape than most other subway stations. Meanwhile, weekend G service is once again modified, all M trains are running with (at least) a 20-minute delay between trains, and D, F, and A trains are masquerading as one another.

Now, for the full roster of bad news:

weekend subway service

238 Street 1 train station

Photo by Paul Lowry via Wikipedia

Looking for a study in why passive sentence structure is a poor way to communicate, especially in the context of public transit service announcements? English teachers take note: the MTA’s Weekender is a bonafide study in this. Below, a translation of the poorly written, redundant and unclear information available for this weekend’s subway service changes.

And to boot, beginning at a time this weekend the MTA can’t, apparently, be bothered to make publicly available online, the Manhattan-bound 1 platform at 238th Street will temporarily close through winter 2019 – South Ferry-bound trains will skip 238 Street during this time.

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