Major 7 train disruptions between Long Island City and Manhattan in January and February

December 26, 2018

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On weeknights in January and the first week of February, as well as all weekends in January, the 7 train will not run between 34th Street-Hudson Yards and Queensboro Plaza, the MTA announced. As 6sqft reported last month, after seven years of installing modern signals on the 7 line, the system failed the first day it went live. The upcoming work will address repairs needed on a 2,000-foot section of track near Grand Central, “where defects were discovered” during this recent Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) modern signaling system installation.

“The 7 line is a critical transit artery in Queens and we are doing everything we can to improve its reliability and performance,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “This is work that could not have been completed while we were installing the new signal system and it is absolutely critical it be completed soon. We thank our customers for their patience; when this work is completed, customers will be using a line with enhanced reliability and performance.” Repairs also include water conditions in the right-of-way, worn rails, deteriorated track ties and concrete, calibration for the new CBTC system, and removing the old equipment replaced by CBTC.

Here’s the full breakdown of the disruptions:

Work will take place during the following weeknights from 11:45 PM to 5 AM:

  • January 2-4
  • January 7-11
  • January 14-18
  • January 21-25
  • January 28-February 1
  • February 4-8

Work will occur during the following weekends from 12:15 AM Saturday to 4:30 AM Monday:

  • January 5-7
  • January 12-14
  • January 19-21
  • January 26-28

During the outages, shuttle buses will run from Queensboro Plaza to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and from Times Square to 34th Street-Hudson Yards. During the last weekend of January, the 7 train will not run from 74th Street-Broadway and 34th Street-Hudson Yards. Then, shuttle buses will operate from 74th Street-Broadway to Queensboro Plaza, from Queensboro Plaza to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue, and from Times Square to 34th Street-Hudson Yards.


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