All of Long Island City felt the pinch this past weekend as the community endured the first of more than a dozen weekends of No. 7 train suspensions.
The MTA will redirect five city bus routes from St. George’s Episcopal Church after local leaders and parishioners complained about idling buses and its drivers who relieve themselves on the side of the church.
TODAY’S FORECAST: Monday: Overcast. High near 50. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.
Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on several of the city’s subway lines.
TODAY’S FORECAST: Monday: Generally cloudy. High 24. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low near 10. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted snow from 2 to 4 inches, starting from this evening and continuing through Monday as temperatures drop to the 20s.
In order to allocate resources for the winter storm that is expected to hit this weekend, some of the MTA’s scheduled weekend subway work, including planned suspensions on the No. 7 train in Long Island City, has been canceled, the transit agency said.
As promised, the MTA is set to debut its live bus tracking service in all of Queens and the rest of Brooklyn.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, there will be multiple, intermittent closures of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge ramp leading from Manhattan to Queens between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for approximately two weeks, according to the MTA.