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Plans for tallest Queens building move forward as MTA sells development rights


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Photo courtesy of Google Maps

The MTA board voted Wednesday to transfer unused development rights from a Queens site it owns for $56 million to a firm that plans to construct the largest building in the borough, according to published reports.

Developer Property Markets Group filed to construct a 70-story, 930-apartment building at 29-37 41st Ave.  on March 11. But current zoning at the site wouldn’t allow for such a large project.

However, the MTA will transfer 478,000 square feet from a lot at Northern Boulevard and 40th Road to the developer, which will allow the firm to build up to 77-stories on the lot, according to DNAInfo. The sale is expected to be completed soon.

Property Markets Group also purchased the Long Island City clock tower building adjoining the development site for $30 million last year.

Construction plans have yet to be released for the clock tower, but the city is considering landmarking the building.

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Street Talk: With the MTA raising fares, what kind of service improvements would you want the MTA to make?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

BY ROSS BELSKY 

Samu Li

“I don’t have any expectations because nothing changed after past price increases.”
Samu Li

Brandon Jolly

“The frequency of buses, especially the Q31. They should make the last scheduled bus after midnight, especially on the weekends.”
Brandon Jolly

Laura Cunningham

“I think they should raise the price for longer rides only, not if I’m going one or two stops.”
Laura Cunningham

Mike Giuliano

“I think any ride is worth $2.75.”
Mike Giuliano

Mary Rodriguez

“The punctuality needs drastic improvement.”
Mary Rodriguez

Lou Cattaruzza

“Mass transit is a good value as it is compared to the polluting alternatives that the rich rely on.”
Lou Cattaruzza

Mimi Ortiz

“Bigger train cars. They are way too crowded.”
Mimi Ortiz

Gabriel Fernandez

“More comfortable seats and garbage disposals.”
Gabriel Fernandez

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L train riders fed up with delays, look to Cuomo for help


| a.giudice@timesnewsweekly.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Service problems along one subway line serving Ridgewood has some riders asking, “What the L?”

In recent weeks, the L train has suffered from hour-long delays, overcrowded platforms and other service problems. Riders Alliance member Alexis Saba shared her experience with transit delays. “On [March 17], I waited forever on the L train before we actually left,” she said. “When we finally left, the train crawled to Bedford, and were told that a rail was out and that Bedford was the last stop—and I couldn’t physically get out of the Bedford station due to the crowds.”

The Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization of public transportation riders that pushes for better service and affordable rates, has invited disgruntled subway riders to visit its website and share their “subway horror stories.” As previously reported, the organization plans to present the horror stories to Governor Andrew Cuomo in hopes of enticing him and members of the state Legislature to fully fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) five-year capital plan.

Delays like this are nothing new for the MTA. According to the Riders Alliance, in February, the MTA NYC Transit and Bus Committee Meeting Report showed that subway delays had increased 45.6 percent from 2013 to 2014. With the most recent MTA rate hike, riders are now paying $2.75 for a single fare and $116.50 for a monthly Metrocard, and they are getting worse service, the Riders Alliance charged.

“What we’re hearing from riders is that they feel like we’re paying more and more for less and less,” Deputy Director for the Riders Alliance Nick Sifuentes said.

The MTA’s capital plan of $32 billion will build, repair, maintain and enhance current MTA infrastructure. But the plan faces a $15 billion shortfall, and if this gap is not filled, it will result in increased transit fares, further reductions in service and more repair issues in coming years, the Riders Alliance believes.

“I know the L train horror stories all too well,” state Senator Martin Malave Dilan said. “Frustrated riders write or call my office frequently, some send photos of overcrowded platforms with lines running up the stairs and riders dangerously close to spilling over onto the tracks.”

“The current budget proposal leaves the MTA unable to address these and many issues,” he added. “The MTA capital plan is $15 billion in the red. This year’s proposed $1.6 billion capital allocation will have little effect and the Senate majority’s proposal to reduce it only makes matters worse. It’s irresponsible to ignore these shortfalls. For the daily commuters on the L, it’s inconceivable.”

John Maier, co-chair of the Public Transportation Committee of Community Board 5, feels that “We are at a funding crisis.” With little funding from the government, all expenses have to be paid by the commuter. “Something needs to change,” he continued. “The system needs a lot of help.”

The city’s budget plan is due on April 1, so commuters, elected officials and the MTA must wait to see if any additional funding will be funnelled in to seal the $15 billion gap in the MTA’s budget plan.

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Design chosen for Woodhaven/Cross Bay Select Bus Service


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by  Salvatore Licata

Updated Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Things are about to get more rapid for commuters on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards.

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled Tuesday afternoon its Select Bus Service (SBS) bus rapid transit (BRT) system along the congested corridor between Elmhurst and the Rockaways. The proposal would transform the roadway into a “transit-oriented boulevard,” with designated bus lanes in the main roadway and special bus stops featuring shelters, seating and real-time bus information constructed at major intersections.

According to the DOT, the concept is based on the limited Q52 and Q53 bus lines that currently operate on the boulevard and shuttle 30,000 daily passengers between the Rockaway Peninsula and Elmhurst (where the Q52 terminates) or Woodside (where the Q53 ends). Studies found that 43 percent of residents in central Queens and the Rockaways do not own a car, and 60 percent of all residents rely on public transportation.

A rendering of a Select Bus Service station on Woodhaven Boulevard at Metropolitan Avenue on the Glendale/Rego Park border. (photo courtesy NYC DOT)

A rendering of a Select Bus Service station on Woodhaven Boulevard at Metropolitan Avenue on the Glendale/Rego Park border. (photo courtesy NYC DOT)

“This is the kind of ambitious overhaul new York City’s bus riders deserve,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “It means safer streets that save lives. And it means that communities from the Rockaways to Elmhurst that have long been underserved by public transit will see real improvements in their daily commute.”

“Queens deserves better public transit and we’re excited to bring this innovative design for Bus Rapid Transit to move New Yorkers efficiently while at the same time making the streets safer for all,” added DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

The plans were unveiled days after Sen. Charles Schumer requested up to $100 million in federal funding to get the job done. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Schumer requested the funds through the Federal New Starts Program, claiming that the streamlined limited stop service on the corridor between Elmhurst and Ozone Park is critical toward improving both traffic flow and public safety. If approved, the request would cover half of the BRT project’s projected $200 million cost.

“The Woodhaven Boulevard corridor has long suffered from a lack of adequate transit options and the city’s innovative and exciting Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit plan can be just what the doctor ordered for long-suffering transit riders from the Rockaways to Howard Beach, [from] Woodhaven to Woodside,” Schumer said. “This Bus Rapid Transit plan can turn this corridor from a transportation desert to a transportation oasis for tens of thousands of Queens residents, and also be a boon for local property value and area businesses.”

Presently, more than 31,000 people each day travel on various local, express and limited-stop bus lines along the boulevards, which the DOT previously identified among the most dangerous roads in the city. Seventeen people were killed and more than 3,000 people were injured in accidents along Woodhaven Boulevard alone between 2008 and 2012, according to the DOT.

In recent years, the DOT created Select Bus Service (SBS) BRT lines in other parts of the city, such as Pelham Parkway in the Bronx. The seven SBS routes, Schumer stated, contributed to travel time reductions of between 15 and 23 percent and also sparked “significant ridership growth, customer satisfaction of over 95 percent and a 20 percent reduction in crashes.”

“The Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit plan has the potential to turn an arduous transit slog into a seamless, predictable and speedy ride that will get Queens transit riders from these neighborhoods to and from work, family and fun in a much more efficient way,” Schumer said.

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MTA to award $236.5M contract to rebuild Queens Midtown Tunnel


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Photos courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Mark Valentin

One of the city’s tunnel systems is expected to get a much-needed face-lift after being heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the MTA is expected to award a four-year, $236.5 million contract to rebuild the Queens Midtown Tunnel, which since the 2012 hurricane has been operating with temporary repairs. Around 40 percent of the length of tunnel was submerged in 12 million gallons of salt water during the storm.

The contract, which will be completed with Judlau Contracting Inc., was approved by the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Committee on Monday and is expected to be approved by the full MTA board on Wednesday.

“Superstorm Sandy demonstrated the need for our infrastructure to be safer, stronger and more resilient to meet the challenge of extreme weather, and today, we’re taking another important step in that direction,” Cuomo said. “The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a vital part of the transportation network for the entire metropolitan area, and by undertaking this aggressive renovation we can rebuild from the damage caused by Sandy and ensure that it is protected from future storms.”

Work on the tunnel is expected to begin in the summer and will likely result in nighttime and weekend tube and lane closures. A majority of the work is Sandy-related and will also include several capital projects to try to organize the work and minimize the amount of closures impacting traffic.

Some of the Sandy-related repair and restoration work includes replacing the electrical, lighting, communications, monitoring and control systems in the tunnel. Restoration and mitigation work will also be done at the tunnel’s mid-river pump room.

“This investment in the Midtown Tunnel rehabilitation will restore the roadway to its pre-Sandy state while minimizing disruptions and delays and prioritizing the safety of commuters,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney said.

Structural work at the tunnel includes the replacement of catwalks, duct banks, wall tiles, ceiling finishes, polymer panels, curbs and gutters.

The tunnel is also expected to get new roadway LED lighting and clearly marked exit signs, lights and emergency phones.

Capital projects include replacing the fire line system in both tubes, and a complete rehabilitation of the Manhattan Exit Plaza, including the 36th Street ramp where full and partial repairs will be done.

“When Sandy flooded the Queens Midtown Tunnel with millions of gallons of water, our crews worked valiantly to make immediate repairs and get traffic moving again,” said James Ferrara, MTA Bridges and Tunnels president. “Now we need to fully repair the damage and fortify the tunnel to be more resilient for the future.”

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Op-ed: Taking a stand against congestion pricing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE MILLER

Rumors of congestion pricing have been circling since the early days of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, and I want to take a moment to discuss reasons for my opposition to the congestion pricing plan.

The proposal would implement tolls on all of the city’s free bridges to fill a $15 billion deficit in the MTA’s capital budget. Under the plan, seven bridges will get lower tolls and drivers on the city’s free bridges would pay $5.54 each way with E-ZPass. However, as New Yorkers, we are entirely too intelligent to believe that tolls would be added to the East River crossings and not be subjected to the constant increases that the other bridges currently face.

It seems that every time we cross these bridges or tunnels that have existing tolls, the tolls have increased 50 cents here or a dollar there. Hardworking New Yorkers already pay enough in taxes and the ever-growing fares for the subways and buses make it difficult for the average citizen to even travel to and from work.

Practically speaking, the congestion pricing would add just another tax on the already over-burdened small businesses throughout New York City that rely on these crossings for deliveries.
Let me make the most obvious argument I can: If a delivery company that delivers to our local small business now faces additional tolls whenever a delivery is to be made, then the cost of deliveries will be increased for the small business owner, which will cause store prices to increase.

Even New Yorkers who do not drive over these bridges will feel the impact of this proposal if implemented.

I stand firm with my constituents and many other New Yorkers that this congestion pricing proposal is a mistake for New York City and should not be implemented. As always, if you have any questions about these laws or any other community issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at millermg@assembly.state.ny.us or 718-805-0950.

Assemblyman Mike Miller represents the 38th Assembly District, which includes all or parts of Glendale, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.

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Community feedback leads to permanent bus service expansion along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

As they say, ask and you shall receive. Due to an immense amount of support from community members, it will now be easier to access the western Queens waterfront.

The MTA announced on Friday that weekend and increased weeknight service on the Q103 route, which runs down Vernon Boulevard between Astoria and Long Island City, will be permanently added after a successful pilot program started last June.

The service additions made during the experimental program include extending weeknight hours from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and adding service on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During a public hearing in December on the increased service, community support was unanimous, according to the MTA.

Local leaders and business owners saw the need to expand the Q103’s service as crucial to the growing neighborhoods, which have seen a rise in new residential developments and expanded cultural attractions.

Some of the cultural spots that the bus serves include the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park.

“I am thrilled the MTA heeded my call to make Q103 service expansion permanent. Western Queens has long needed better bus service, so it is gratifying that the MTA responded to our concerns,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “There is so much happening throughout western Queens that our need for better methods of traveling between our neighborhoods has never been more pressing. This service expansion represents a hard-fought victory, but I will never stop fighting for improved transit service in our community.”

The Q103 bus line also serves as the public’s only option to connect areas to subway stations such as the F line at 21 St–Queensbridge and the 7 line at Vernon Blvd–Jackson Av.

During the pilot program, ridership levels increased by 6.8 percent on weekdays compared to the five-month period before the trial, and by 30 percent compared to average weekday use in 2012, the MTA said. Currently weekday ridership is 1,100 customers, the average Saturday ridership is about 300, and on Sundays it is about 250.

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Bronx-bound 1  trains run express from 96 St to 137 St. For service to 103 St, 110 St, 116 St, and 125 St, take the uptown 1  to 137 St or 168 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1 . From these stations, take a South Ferry-bound 1 to 96 St and transfer to an uptown 1.

1

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from Van Cortlandt Park-242 St to 215 St. For service to 238 St, 231 St, and 225 St, take the Bx9 bus instead. From 238 St, walk or take the Bx9 bus to 242 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1 train.

1

From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 1 trains run every 16 minutes between 137 St and 242 St. The last stop for some 1 trains headed toward Van Cortlandt Park-242 St is 137 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 137 St to a Van Cortlandt Park-242 St-bound 1.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Bowling Green-bound 5 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. 5 trains run every 20 minutes.

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Bronx-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester.

7

From 2:15 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Hunters Point Av.

• Use E F N and Q trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. The 42 Street S Shuttle operates overnight.

• Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq, and Queens Plaza.

7

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway. For service to 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, and 69 St, take the Flushing-Main St bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside or 74 St-Broadway and transfer to a Hunters Point Av-bound 7. From these stations, take a Hunters Point Av-bound 7 train to 61 St-Woodside or Queensboro Plaza and transfer to a Flushing-Main St bound 7.

A

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, A  trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A  trains skip 88 St.

• For service to 88 St, take the A to 80 St and transfer to free shuttle buses.

• For service from 88 St toward the Rockaways, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A.

• A service operates between Inwood-207 St and Howard Beach/Far Rockaway.

• Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, D  trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn St.

E

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, WTC-bound E trains run local Forest Hills-71 Av to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local Forest Hills-71 Av to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Lexington Av/63 St.

F

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 20 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith 9-Sts.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains run local from 59 St to DeKalb Av.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

Q

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

S 42nd St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday to Monday, March 21 to March 23, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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MTA fare and toll hikes take effect Sunday


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ File Photo

MTA commuters will need to pay more to ride trains and buses beginning this Sunday, as the transit agency implements the 4 percent fare and toll hikes it approved in January.

The base fare for all New York City subway and local bus rides along with Paratransit/Access-a-Ride trips will go up a quarter, from $2.50 to $2.75. Express bus fares will climb 50 cents from $6 to $6.50 per trip.

Unlimited MetroCards will also cost more, with 30-day cards climbing from $112 to $116.50 and 7-day cards rising from $30 to $31. Transit riders who use Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards will receive an 11 percent bonus when they purchase or add at least $5.50 to their cards. The MTA will also continue its $1 surcharge for all new MetroCard purchases.

Meanwhile, Long Island Rail Road tickets will also increase by an average of about 4 percent. One-way off-peak trips between Penn Station and points in Zone 3 in Queens will rise from $7 to $7.25; one-way peak tickets will cost $10. CityTicket fares for one-way weekend travel within the city will climb to $4.25.

Additionally, the LIRR is eliminating “stop-overs,” in which customers who purchase one-way or round-trip tickets can exit the train at another stop, then re-board later in the day using a single ticket.

Drivers will also feel the pinch of higher tolls at the MTA’s bridges and tunnels taking effect this Sunday. One-way car trips across the Robert F. Kennedy, Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges and the Queens-Midtown and Hugh L. Carey tunnels will cost $8 cash or $5.54 for E-ZPass holders.

Car tolls to cross the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial or Cross Bay Veterans Memorial bridges will also increase to $3.25 cash or $1.73 for E-ZPass holders. Discounts continue to be available for residents in Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

It will also become more expensive to cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, as the one-way toll for cars will jump to $16 cash or $11.08 for E-ZPass holders; tolls are only collected from westbound traffic.

For further details, visit the MTA’s website.

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Queens N, Q and 7 train riders share ‘subway horror stories’


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Riders Alliance

Subway riders were given a platform Tuesday morning — the N, Q and 7 train platform to be exact — to share their angst of trying to catch a train in New York City.

As part of a weeklong citywide initiative to collect subway riders’ “horror stories,” the organization Riders Alliance, dedicated to winning better transit, gathered at the Queensboro Plaza subway station Tuesday morning to get riders of the N, Q and 7 trains to share their tales.

The decision to collect these stories arises after a drastic increase in complaints from Riders Alliance members. The complaints include signal malfunctions, unexplained train delays and general “deteriorating service” in the past weeks, according to Riders Alliance.

“Our transit system is better in every way than it was in the 1980s, but if we don’t invest the funds to maintain it, we’ll see the bad old days come back,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance.

On Tuesday, riders were asked by Riders Alliance members to share their experiences and write them on a piece of paper provided of the organization that read, “My subway horror story is…”

“I rely on the 7 train to get me from Queens to work in the Upper West Side. But lately, weekend and late night service on the 7 train has been a joke,” said Carol Crump, a Rider Alliance member, who added that at times, she has to resort to taking a bus or car service. “We need a well-funded capital plan that will provide the money for countdown clocks, service announcements and faster trains.”

The stories, which can also be submitted online at www.ridersny.org/horror-stories, will be compiled and later presented to Governor Andrew Cuomo and different members of the state legislature.

In the upcoming months, a decision will have to be made whether or not to fund the MTA’s proposed over-$30 billion 2015-2019 capital plan.

“Signal problems have stranded me at night several times in the past year on the N/Q,” said Emily Hultman, another Riders Alliance member. “It isn’t safe to be kicked off a train to fend for yourself in a deserted part of town at night, especially when the only options to complete the trip are buses that run twice an hour or less. I pay my MTA fee to get all the way home, safely.”

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Bronx-bound 1  trains run express from 96 St to 137 St. For service to 103 St, 110 St, 116 St, and 125 St, take the uptown 1 to 137 St or 168 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1 . From these stations, take a South Ferry-bound 1 to 96 St and transfer to an uptown 1.

1

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, South Ferry-bound 1  trains run express from Van Cortlandt Park-242 St to 215 St. For service to 238 St, 231 St, and 225 St, take the Bx9 bus instead. From 238 St, walk or take the Bx9 bus to 242 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1 train.

1

From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 1 trains run every 16 minutes between 137 St and 242 St. The last stop for some 1 trains headed toward Van Cortlandt Park-242 St is 137 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 137 St to a Van Cortlandt Park-242 St-bound 1 .

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Bronx-bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St, days and evenings only. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.

5  

From 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Take the 2 instead. Transfer between 2 and 5 trains at 149 St-Grand Concourse. Trains from Manhattan skip 138 St-Grand Concourse. Take the 4 instead.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Bowling Green-bound 5 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St. 5 trains run every 20 minutes.

6

At all times until spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Bronx-bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Square to Grand Central.

6  

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

7  

From 2:15 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and Hunters Point Av.

• Use E F N and Q trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. The 42 Street S Shuttle operates overnight.

• Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq, and Queens Plaza.

7  

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway. For service to 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, and 69 St, take the Flushing-Main St bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside or 74 St-Broadway and transfer to a Hunters Point Av-bound 7. From these stations, take a Hunters Point Av-bound 7 train to 61 St-Woodside or Queensboro Plaza and transfer to a Flushing-Main St bound 7.

A  

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 15, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, March 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, A  trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A  trains skip 88 St.

• For service to 88 St, take the A to 80 St and transfer to free shuttle buses.

• For service from 88 St toward the Rockaways, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A.

• A service operates between Inwood-207 St and Howard Beach/Far Rockaway.

• Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D  

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, D  trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.

D  

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Norwood-205 St bound D  trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av. E From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E  trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn St.

F  

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 13 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Avenue I, Avenue N, and Avenue U.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains run local from Lexington Av-59 St to DeKalb Av.

Q  

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

S 42nd St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday to Monday, March 14 to March 16, the 42 St S Subway Line Icon Shuttle operates overnight due to work on the 7 Flushing Line.

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7 line is ‘endless nightmare’ for western Queens community


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The western Queens community is demanding that the MTA make drastic changes in hopes of soon waking up from the “endless nightmare” that the 7 train has become.

Local elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered Wednesday morning underneath the elevated 7 train at the 40th Street station in Sunnyside to rally against the MTA and the deteriorating service of the subway line.

Along with ongoing weekend disruptions, in the past months the 7 line has seen trains breaking down, constant signal malfunctions and overcrowded platforms.

“We as a community are trapped in a bad dream that never seems to end, but worse than not ending, it has gotten much worse,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “This bad dream has turned into an endless nightmare, one that we cannot wake up from.”

During the rally, which comes a little over a week before the MTA base fare increases to $2.75 a ride, commuters shared their stories of riding the subway line and its impact on their daily lives.

“I am just very concerned. I understand that it must not be an easy job for the MTA, but on the other hand we need to get to work,” said Charlotte Neuhaus, a lifelong Sunnyside resident who uses the 7 line almost every day. “I hope that [the MTA] makes changes. They seem to come in, make some changes, but they aren’t dealing with the core problem. The fundamental problem is not being solved.”

Neuhaus said she has dealt with numerous train delays, signal problems, and long waiting periods.

Fellow subway rider Linda Burns said that for the 10 years she has lived in Sunnyside, almost every year has been met with deteriorating service on the 7 line. Some days instead of waiting for the train she decides to take a bus and walk to her job in Manhattan.

“[The MTA] keeps saying they are making these improvements but in fact the service has gotten worse,” Burns said. “It doesn’t really feel like they’re being honest with us.”

Van Bramer called the subway service problems “painful” not only for riders but also local businesses and communities.

“My question to the MTA, if you are spending billions and if you are forcing us to have no train service on the weekend for the purpose on improving 7 train service reliability, why is it that in the past four months service has sunk to lows we’ve never seen before?” Van Bramer said. “It has been outrageous, it is potentially dangerous, [and] the level of service is disgraceful. Why is it getting worse and not better?”

At the rally, riders and local leaders asked the MTA to be more transparent in their decisions and to open communication with the communities being affected by the 7 line subway disruptions and service issues.

“Unacceptable just isn’t the word with what is going on with the delays, overcrowding and maintenance issues,” said Patrick O’Brien, chair of Community Board 2. “The MTA might call it the 7 line but for those of us who live here, it’s the lifeline that gets you back and forth to work, kids to school, doctor’s appointments, all the activities of daily life that are essential to the quality of life.”

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Subway service changes to affect 12 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2/3 trains and free shuttle buses. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.

2

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, March 7 and Sunday March 8, 3  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St, days and evenings only. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.

6

At all times until Spring 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 3 Av-138 St to Hunts Point Av.

7

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 9, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and 74 St-Broadway. Use E, F, N and R trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. E trains will operate more frequently. The 42 Street S shuttle operates overnight. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

• Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq, and Queens Plaza.

• Between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway, stopping at 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, 61 St-Woodside, and 69 St.

A

At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 8, and from 10:45 p.m. Sunday, March 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, Queens-bound A  trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D  trains are rerouted via the N  line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

• For Service To 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, 55 St, 71 St, 79 St, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av, and Bay 50 St, take the Coney Island-bound D  to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Coney Island-Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D  train.

• For Service From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound D train to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D train.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, D  trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.

E

From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, E trains operate more frequently between Manhattan and Queens. E customers traveling to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd (AirTrain JFK), and Jamaica Center please note that some E trains traveling from Manhattan are rerouted to the Jamaica-179 St F station. Please check destination signs and listen to announcements.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, March 6 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

S 42 St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday to Monday, March 7 to March 9, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Subway service changes to affect 10 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

3
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 2, 3 service operates to/from New Lots Av all weekend, replacing the 4 in Brooklyn. 3 trains run express in Manhattan.

4
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 2, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and New Lots Av. Take the 2, 3, N, Q or R instead. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the N, Q or R  and transfer between the 4, 6 and N, Q, R at 14 St-Union Sq or Canal St. For service to/from Wall St and Bowling Green, use the R at nearby Rector St or Whitehall St. For service to/from Fulton St and between Borough Hall and Franklin Av, take the 2, 3. For service between Franklin Av and New Lots Av, take the 3 instead.

5
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 2, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St, days and evenings only. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.

5
From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 5 service is suspended in both directions between Grand Central-42 St and Bowling Green. Take the 4, 6 or R instead. Trains run every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St.

6
At all times until Spring 2015, 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av.
• For Service To/From Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.
• For Service To/From Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6
From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, February 28 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

7
From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, February 28 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Times Sq-42 St and 74 St-Broadway. Use E, F, N and R trains for service between Manhattan and Queens. E trains operate more frequently between Manhattan and Queens. The 42 Street S shuttle operates overnight. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:
• Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq, and Queens Plaza.
• Between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway, stopping at 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, 61 St-Woodside, and 69 St.

A
At all times until Summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.
• For service to this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A  to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A  to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .
• For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A  to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A
From 10:45 p.m. Friday, February 27 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1, and from 10:45 p.m. Sunday, March 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 2, Queens-bound A trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.

C
From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 168 St to 125 St.

D
From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, February 28 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
• For Service To 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, 55 St, 71 St, 79 St, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av, and Bay 50 St, take the Coney Island-bound D  to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Coney Island-Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D train.
• For Service From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound D train to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D train.

D
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 2 D trains run local in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 34 St-Herald Sq.

E
From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28 and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1 E trains operate more frequently between Manhattan and Queens. E train customers traveling to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd (AirTrain JFK), and Jamaica Center please note that some E trains traveling from Manhattan are rerouted to the Jamaica-179 St F station. Please check destination signs and listen to announcements.

S  42 St Shuttle
From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday to Monday, February 28 to March 2, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.  

3
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, trains replace 4 service in Brooklyn. 3 trains run express in Manhattan.

4
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, service is suspended between Brooklyn Bridge and New Lots Av. As alternatives, take 23NQR.

5
From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, February 21, and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, February 22, service is suspended between Grand Central-42 St and Bowling Green. As alternatives, take 46R.

6
At all times until spring 2015, trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.
• For service to/from Zerega Av, use the Bx4 or shuttle buses to connect between Zerega Av and Castle Hill Av; free transfer is available with MetroCard.
• For service to/from Buhre Av, use the Bx8, Bx24, or shuttle buses to connect between Buhre Av and Middletown Rd; free transfer is available with MetroCard.

6
From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, February 21, to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, Brooklyn Bridge-bound trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

A
At all times until summer 2015, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

A
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, service is suspended between Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide service via 80 St.

A
From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, 207 St-bound trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C
From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 168 St-bound trains are rerouted via the F from Jay St-MetroTech to 34 St-Herald Sq and then via the D to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D
From 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, service is suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Bay Pkwy. As alternatives, take FQ, B1, B64 or B82.

E
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, Jamaica Center-bound trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn Station.

E
From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, World Trade Center-bound trains run express from 71 Av to Queens Plaza.

E
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, Jamaica Center-bound trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.

F
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 22, Coney Island-bound trains run express from Smith-9 Sts to Avenue X.

F
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, Jamaica-bound trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.

L
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, service is suspended between 8 Av and 14 St-Union Sq. As an alternative, take the M14 bus.

N
From 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, service is suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 86 St. As alternatives, take FQ, B1 or B4 buses.

Q
From 11:15 p.m. Friday, February 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, February 23, Coney Island-bound trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

R
From 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22, Bay Ridge-bound trains run express from 71 Av to Queens Plaza.

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