weekend subway service

weekend subway service

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This Labor Day weekend, there will be the usual slew of service changes in addition to some special ones just for the holiday. The 2 train will be skipping Church Avenue in the wee hours of Monday during the J’Ouvert Festival – an odd rerouting, seemingly in the name of obstruction, likely to limit attendance to the celebration, which has attracted controversy following past years’ violence. The Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop will be passed during the West Indian Day Parade.

In good news, southbound service at the Cathedral Parkway-110th Street B and C stop – which has been closed for four months for structural repairs – will resume at noon on Sunday and northbound service at 5am on Tuesday. As well, regular A and Rockaway Park Shuttle service will resume on Tuesday following a disruptive summer of flood protection work. Plus, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will operate free of charge all weekend.

Here’s what else is in store

weekend subway service

subway car M train

Photo by Adam E. Moreira via Wikipedia

The M train is not running this weekend, a fact the MTA buries in the second sentence of a note about station improvements along the J line. As well, beginning the Monday, the 167th Street B and D station will be joining the slew of other “temporarily closed” stations until January 2019. Strangely, the MTA does not list any service changes for the L train, despite an extended closure of weekend service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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No G trains this weekend and other bad subway news

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, August 17, 2018

G train Smith-Ninth

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This weekend, the L continues its mini shutdown and is not running between Brooklyn and Manhattan, A and S service remains confusing and limited in the Rockaways, and the G train is taking a summer vacation and going on hiatus, leaving a free shuttle bus and the F to pick up the slack. And beginning this weekend, 5 trains will stop running in a hunk of the Bronx through September.

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174-175 Street B, D station to close through December

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, August 10, 2018

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On the heels of the news that the L train will not run between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 weekends, yet another subway station is also temporarily closing. This time, it’s the 174-175 Street B, D station, which will be modernized as part of an $88 million contract to repair a total of three stations in Harlem and the Bronx in dire need of renovations. It will close through December beginning Monday.

Here are all the service changes to anticipate this weekend

weekend subway service

14th Street subway train

Photo by FHKE via Flickr

Despite continued work in the Rockaways, E and F train riders share the pity prize for most debilitating service changes this weekend. The E will be masquerading as both the F and R, in parts, and skipping a huge portion of its usual stops, including express stations, while the F will be masquerading as the E (naturally) as well as the A, in parts. This weekend’s work also holds particularly unpleasant change-ups for N and R straphangers.

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subway station platform do not enter

Photo by Billie Grace Ward via Flickr

On the heels of a slew of stations closing “temporarily,” this weekend’s subway agenda is quite reasonable. Still, though, a number of lines will be skipping multiple stops, masquerading as other trains, and running at spaced out intervals – see the full damage below.

It’s the most functional weekend schedule in some time

weekend subway service

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Monday will be a dark day for straphangers: At 5am, the 145th Street 3 station will close through November, the 23rd Street F, M station will close through December, and the Jamaica Center-bound 104th Street J, Z platform will close through January. This compounds the usual slew of service changes and the fact that the M is simply not running this weekend, and the E and F are having a masquerade as one another. In good news, by the MTA’s estimates the Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway and Avenue I Manhattan-bound platforms should be reopening this month.

Compared to the above, the other changes are more palatable

weekend subway service

28th Street subway station, 4 6

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Next week will start with the closure of yet another station for “enhancements.” This time, the 28th Street 4, 6 station will be the one to close, through December, while it is “enhanced”. Additional bad news this week is that even alternate shuttle buses now have service changes, apparently, with crane operations requiring eastbound 4 shuttle buses to reroute and run via Riverdale Avenue instead of from Livonia Avenue to Thomas S. Boyland Avenue. Also, for those who missed the initial news: the A isn’t running to Far Rockaway-Mott Av, and the Rockaway Park Shuttle isn’t servicing Broad Channel through September.

The full slate of service changes this way

weekend subway service

Photo by Marko Kudjersk via Wikipedia

Beachgoers, beware: there aren’t any A trains running to Far Rockaway-Mott Av, nor Rockaway Park Shuttle service at Broad Channel, through the end of the summer. Some seriously poor timing on the MTA’s part, but the agency has never been known for greatness or awareness. As well, a slew of stations remain closed in Manhattan on the A, C and B lines and new this weekend, an elevator is being installed at the 62nd Street/New Utrecht Av D, N station, causing the closure of its transfer passageway through August. Beginning 5am Monday, the 57th Street F station will also close, through December.

There are of course plenty of temporary service changes as well

weekend subway service

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The 2 and 3 are finally running between Brooklyn and Manhattan on weekends again, but now two stations are closing (as two others reopen) in Astoria, and the 1 train has a slew of disruptive service changes planned at least for this weekend. Everything pales with the hell set for Rockaway residents this summer, as the A and Rockaway Park Shuttle won’t be connecting the beach to the mainland again until September.

Quite the unfortunate timing

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