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Flushing firm awarded $282M to repair Sandy-damaged Hugh L. Carey Tunnel


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels

A third-generation Flushing construction firm was awarded a contract worth $282.5 million to repair the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel from damage it suffered during Superstorm Sandy.

Tully Construction beat out 24 companies for the contract to work on the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The contract is the largest ever awarded to a construction company from the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division, the organization announced Monday.

The project is expected to take four years.

“We learned just how vital the HLC Tunnel is to the region in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy flooded the tunnel with approximately 60 million gallons of brackish water, compromising the life safety systems in the tunnel,” MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara said. “This project will increase the level of resiliency against future weather events.”

Tully Construction will replace the traffic control and communications systems, add new lighting, replace the drainage system, do concrete repairs, add new wall titles, rehabilitate the Brooklyn toll plaza, repave the tunnel, and conduct a clean-up of salt, oil and other contaminants from Sandy flooding.

Subway service changes to affect 15 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.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2 trains will not run in Brooklyn. Take the 5 instead. 2 service operates between E 180 St and Chambers St, and are rerouted via the 1 between Chambers St and Rector St. 5 trains run between Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College and E 180 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 3 trains will not run in Brooklyn. Take the 4  instead. 3 train service operates express all weekend between Harlem-148 St and 14 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 4 train service is extended to New Lots Av. 4 train service operates all weekend between Woodlawn and New Lots Av, replacing the 3. 4 trains will run local in Brooklyn.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 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.

6

At all times until February 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, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Hunters Point Av to 3 Av-138 St.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Use E, F, N, Q trains between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street S shuttle operates overnight. Q train service is extended to Ditmars Blvd from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16.

At all times until January 2015, Inwood-207 St-bound A  trains skip 104 St and 88 St.
· For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A. From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .
· For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A train to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A. From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14, to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, November 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains run local from Canal St to 168 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip 104 St and 111 St. For service to this station use the Q112 bus, or take a Brooklyn-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A. For service from this station, take a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to Lefferts Blvd, transfer to a A .

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Norwood-205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, D trains run trains run local between DeKalb Av and 36 St.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, Jamaica-179 St-bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr to Roosevelt Av.

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, J trains are suspended between Hewes St and Essex St in both directions. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the A, C or L via transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, M trains are suspended between Myrtle Av and Essex St in both directions. Take the J, L and/or free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, N trains run local from DeKalb Av and 59 St.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, November 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 57 St-7 Av-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

S  42 St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 15, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Select Bus Service lanes to speed up travel along Woodhaven Boulevard


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Transit officials unveiled three potential designs for Woodhaven Boulevard’s new Select Bus Service (SBS), slated to be the first rapid transit lane in the city physically separated from traffic.

The MTA and Department of Transportation (DOT) have to choose whether to either quickly create designated lanes off-set from the curb with room for parking; extend sidewalks that would meet the off-set lanes; or dig up medians and build main road bus lanes.

Whichever design is chosen, the route will run from Queens Boulevard to the Rockaways and will allow for three lanes of traffic on both sides of the corridor.

In the first option, the off-set bus lanes would be one lane out from the curb, leaving space for parking along the boulevard. This option would warrant the least construction out of the three proposed routes.

Additionally, the DOT would build out the sidewalk at designated “SBS bus bulb stations.” In that case, the sidewalk would be extended out to the off-set bus lanes to allow more room for passengers waiting to get on the bus.

The second proposal would create main road bus lanes in the right lane throughout the designated area. From Union Turnpike to Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South to Rockaway Boulevard, it would run in the right lane of the main road corridor. Then, it would take the right lane from Rockaway Boulevard south to the Rockaways.

If main road bus lanes were put in, the DOT would come in and rip up much of the medians separating the main roads from the service roads and widen them so that people waiting for the bus have at least 7 to 10 feet of curb space to stand on.

They would also be building new medians in certain designated areas that have not all been determined yet.

For the final proposal, the red painted lanes would run through the middle of each corridor where the left lanes currently are.

To do this type of project, the DOT would come in and rip up the corridors that separate north- and south-bound traffic and expand them where necessary.

Furthermore, for the median lanes, north- and south-bound buses will travel right next to each other. For north-bound stops, the median for people to stand on will be on the east side of the bus, and for south-bound stops, travelers will wait on the west side.

All plans at this point are still being studied by the agencies. They will continue to work in more detail on every section of the boulevard for each proposal and will also have more community outreach, according to a representative who is working on the project.

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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, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. A C, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Please note that the 190th Street/Broadway entrance to the tunnel at the 191 St 1 station will be closed this weekend. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) will be painting the passageway. There will be no access from Broadway to the elevators at the 191st Street/St. Nicholas end of the station.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:45 a.m. Friday, November 7 to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, November 9, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains skip Fulton St.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, November 9, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run local between 125 St and Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Woodlawn-bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av due.

5

From 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, November 8, E 180 St-bound 5 trains skip Fulton St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, 5  trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 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. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green days and evenings only.

6

At all times until February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Hunters Point Av to 3Av-138 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

7

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Use E F N Q trains between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 Street S shuttle operates overnight. Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10.

A

At all times until January 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip 104 St and 88 St due to station renewals at 104 St and 88 St.

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A  to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A . From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 4:45 a.m. Monday, November 10, A  trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip Rockaway Blvd and 88 St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

D

From 11:00p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, D trains run local between DeKalb Av and 36 St.

N

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, N trains run local from DeKalb Av and 59 St.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, November 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

S 42 St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 8, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 10, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

 

 

Subway service changes to affect 17 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, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. A C, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Woodlawn-bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Cantral-42.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 5  trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 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. 5 service operates every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green days and evenings.

6

At all times until February 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between Parkchester and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6  trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is Parkchester. To continue your trip, transfer at Parkchester to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Cantral-42 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Hunters Point Av to 3Av-138 St.

7

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, November 1 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2, Mets-Willets Point bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

7

From 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, and 12:01 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2, 7 trains operate in two sections.

Between Times Sq-42 St and Mets-Willets Point.

Between Mets-Willets Point and Flushing-Main St.

A

At all times until January 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A  trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A  to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A . From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, November 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Inwood-207 St bound A  trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Jamaica Center Parsons-Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St.

G

From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs. The last stop for some G trains headed toward Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs. To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to Court Sq-bound G train.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains are rerouted via the D  line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 57 St-7 Av bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., Saturday, November 1 to Monday, November 3, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

S  Franklin Av Shuttle

From 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 1, S Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

Giant drill nearly pierces F train in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A drill struck the top of an occupied F train in Long Island City on Thursday, nearly missing the subway car, according to the MTA.

The drill, which had a 10-inch wide bit, according to published reports, was being used for a construction project involving the East Side Access project. It hit the train shortly before noon just outside of the 21st Street station.

The drill damaged the top of the car, but did not enter it, the transit agency said. No one was injured.

About 800 riders, who were on the train, had to be taken off and led back to the station.

The MTA is investigating the incident.

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Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Marisa Baldeo

One Queens-bound lane will be closed on the Throgs Neck Bridge this weekend, from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA.

An additional Queens-bound lane will also be closed during overnight hours, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The closures are for binder and asphalt replacement work on the bridge.

Drivers should expect delays and use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge or Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternate.

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Subway service changes to affect 16 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, Oct. 17, to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Flatbush Av- Brooklyn College-bound 2  trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St.

2

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Flatbush Av- Brooklyn College-bound 2 trains run express from E 180 St to 3 Av-149 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run local between 125 St and Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to Friday, Oct. 17, to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Take the 2 instead.

6

At all times until February 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.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Use E, F, N or Q trains between Manhattan and Queens. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza. The 42 St S shuttle operates overnight. Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 18, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.

7

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, customers should expect longer wait times between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway. The last stop for some 7 trains headed toward Queensboro Plaza is 74 St-Broadway.

A

At all times until January 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

For service to/from 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For service to/from 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A  to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A . From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip 111 St. For service to this station, use the Q112 bus, or take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A .

A

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 6:30 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 19, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 168 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

D

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains D trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St, and Norwood-205 St bound D trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Church Av to Jay St-MetroTech.

G

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, G trains are suspended in both directions between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. G service operates in two sections:

Between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts, every 20 minutes.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd-bound N  trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

N

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound N  trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St, and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd-bound N trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

S 42 St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

S  Franklin Av Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, S Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

7 train weekend service suspensions continue through the fall


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

No. 7 train riders will not get any relief as service disruptions continue starting this weekend.

The first of five planned service suspensions for the line this fall between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square will start on Saturday, Oct. 18, according to the MTA.

This weekend, October 18-20 and the weekend of October 25-27, 7 trains will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 2:00 a.m. Saturday, through 5 a.m. Monday.

During the weekends of November 8-10, November 15-17, and November 22-24, service will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 11:30 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.

The E, F, N, Q and S lines, and free shuttle buses will provide alternate service.

During the service suspensions, the MTA is advising customers to use the E, F, N or Q trains to travel between Manhattan and Queens. They can transfer between the 7 and E, F and R trains at 74 St-Roosevelt Av. Q service will be extended to and from Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza, making stops at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq and Queens Plaza.
In Manhattan, the 42 St S shuttle will also operate throughout the weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday night, to 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.

As another alternate, the Long Island Rail Road will cross honor and will accept displayed MetroCards from customers traveling in both directions between Penn Station and Woodside.

The suspensions are just the latest in a number of service disruptions along the same portion of the line that have taken place during the weekend this year and during many in past years, upsetting residents and business owners in the Long Island City area.

“The ongoing work on the 7 remains absolutely critical to the line’s reliability, safety and longevity. We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco in a statement. “When completed, this work will result in a more reliable subway line with the ability to run more trains and improve performance for growing neighborhoods in Queens.”

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Real estate roundup: Hallets Point holdout, subway cell phone service expanding to Queens stations


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Durst Organization

Hallets Point holdout throws wrinkle in $1.5B Durst project

“A real estate investor that owns the last of three pieces that the Durst Organization needs to develop a $1.5 billion project in Astoria known as Hallets Point is holding out beyond the original September closing date, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the megaproject.” Read more [The Real Deal]

New York Subway Cell Service to Grow

“New York City subway riders will be able to use their phones and other devices for the first time in that outer borough along with more underground stations in Manhattan, under a rollout of additional wireless Internet and cellular service expected to be unveiled on Thursday.” Read more [The Wall Street Journal]

Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens health center

“Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens outpost Thursday, officials said. The 14,000-square-foot facility in Long Island City will offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy tests and abortions.” Read more [The New York Daily News]

Op-ed: Another wasted transportation study


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LARRY PENNER

The “Northeast Queens Bus Restoration Study” championed by numerous elected officials is nothing more than a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. Those in the know moved to neighborhoods in northeast Queens long ago knowing full well that they would be living in a two-fare (bus to subway) zone with longer commutes to and from work.

How many of these same public officials promoting this study have a MetroCard and ride the system like constituents do on a daily basis?

MTA services continue to be one of the best bargains in town. Since the 1950s, the average cost of riding either the bus, subway or commuter rail has gone up at a lower rate than either the consumer price index or inflation. The MetroCard introduced in 1996 affords a free transfer between bus and subway. Prior to this, riders had to pay two full fares. Purchasing either a weekly or monthly pass further reduces the cost per ride. Many employers offer transit checks, which pay even more of your costs.

There is an elaborate network of local bus services including the Q12, Q13, Q16, Q27, Q28, Q31, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q88 and others connecting riders with either the Flushing No. 7, Union Turnpike E or F, Hillside Avenue 179th Street F or Archer Avenue/Sutphin Blvd. E, J and Z subway lines. Several bus routes include Limited-Stop service that shortens the trip to and from the subway. There is a network of express buses including the Q2, Q2A, Q3, Q5, QM6, Q8, Q68 and others serving midtown east and west side along with the downtown Financial District. Nassau County NICE bus N20, N21, N22A, N22 and N24 routes provide service at the City Line with connections to subway stations in Flushing and Jamaica. The Q36 provides direct connections to the Little Neck LIRR station. The Q27, Q36 and Q88 provide direct connections to the Queens Village LIRR station. The Q13 and Q31 buses provide direct connections to the Bayside LIRR station.

Communities adjacent to Long Island Rail Road Port Washington branch stations have prospered for decades. Schools serving students in Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside, Auberndale and Murray Hill are some of the best in the Metropolitan New York area. Everyone shares great air quality along with a low crime rate, abundant parks, libraries, shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, hospitals and medical facilities.
Riders on the Port Washington branch have far more abundant seating and a quick 30-minute or less trip into Penn Station without having to change at Jamaica than LIRR commuters on other branches. Port Washington branch riders miss most service disruptions. Since the LIRR restored half-hour weekend service last year on the Port Washington LIRR branch, it is even more attractive.

The old Q79 bus route was eliminated and restored 18 months later by extending the Q36. Likewise, the Q31 bus route weekend service was also eliminated and restored. The basic bus infrastructure has remained in place serving residents on all major east/west and many north/south routes. On many routes, MTA NYCT has actually reduced the headway between buses by increasing service.

At the end of the day, $500,000 in funding for the “Northeast Queens Restoration Study” would have been better spent on real improvements instead of just lining the pockets of consultants. These dollars could have supported introduction of Limited-Stop bus service on both the Q12 & Q13 routes resulting in shorter commutes to and from Flushing for riders. All we will end up with is a series of press conferences and news releases designed to provide free publicity for elected officials to assist them in greasing the wheels of future elections.

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Subway service changes to affect 16 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. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 137 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. A C , M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, Wakefield-241 St bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 12, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 5  trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 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.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, E 180 St-bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.

6

At all times until February 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

A

Beginning 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13 until January 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A  trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For Service To/From 88 St: To 88 St, take the Brooklyn-bound A  to 80 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A . From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, A  trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between 80 St and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St. Transfer between free shuttle buses and A  trains at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 168 St.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av. E From 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, E trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W 4 St-Wash Sq. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, E trains run local in Queens.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, F trains run local in Queens.

G

From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs. The last stop for some G trains headed toward Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs. To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to a Court Sq-bound G train.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Essex St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St and/or Essex St. For direct service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider using the A C or L via a free transfer at Broadway Junction. J service operates in two sections:

Between Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer and Hewes St.

Between Essex St and Chambers St, every 15 minutes.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. Take the J L and/or free shuttle buses instead. For direct service to/from Brooklyn, consider using the L via free transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av.

S  Franklin Av Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 11, S Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

 

Whitestone resident petitions again for Metro-North stops in western Queens


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin

The wheels are turning once again for one Queens resident who hopes to bring more transportation options to the borough.

Ali Fadil, a Whitestone resident who previously lived in Astoria and Jackson Heights, has started an online petition calling on the MTA to bring Metro-North Railroad access into western Queens as part of its plan to expand the line to Penn Station.

In the MTA’s 2015-2019 $32 billion Capital Program, the agency plans a project that would take the Metro-North’s New Haven line directly to Penn Station, adding four new stations in the Bronx. As part of expansion, the line would use existing track, owned by Amtrak, to go directly into Manhattan.

In doing this, the line would go into Queens but without making any stops in the borough.

“Metro-North wants to run trains through Queens but has no interest in serving Queens, especially since western Queens has seen a lot of growth in the past years,” Fadil said.

This is Fadil’s second petition regarding the expanding of Metro-North stops into the borough. In 2012, when he was only 18, Fadil began his initial petition which gathered 263 signatures. He said the support he got the first time around helped him make his plan more specific on what needs to be done.

“I am here to make sure that our communities get what we deserve and Queens shouldn’t be left out in the cold,” said Fadil, who is a senior studying political science and sociology at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. “When it comes to public transportation, it’s Queens that’s the forgotten borough, not Staten Island.”

The 20-year-old’s petition, which started on Monday and as of Tuesday has 44 signatures, calls on the transportation agency to bring the New Haven line to western Queens and also study two locations along the Amtrak line to be considered for stations. The locations are Astoria Boulevard between 41st and 44th streets, and Northern Boulevard at Broadway, which is close to the M and R trains and two local buses.

The petition also calls on Amtrak to make “necessary structural repairs” to the tracks which go over the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria and would be used during the expansion of the Metro-North New Haven line.

According to Fadil, the existing Amtrak line is “falling apart” and in need of repair.

In the capital program, the MTA said the Metro-North expansion would include upgrades to power and signal systems, installing of new track and realigning existing tracks, and replacing railroad bridges to accommodate more trains.

According to an MTA spokesperson, there are no plans to construct a Metro-North station in Queens because it is too costly to build an elevated station for a low ridership.

“If I see something that isn’t being done right, I want to see it done right for people,” Fadil said. “That’s why I do what I do.”

Fadil said he now hopes to get support from local elected officials and leaders to help make his ideas a reality.

To check out the petition, click here.

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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.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, Harlem-148 St bound 3 trains run local from 72 St to 96 St.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 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.

6

At all times until February 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 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St. To continue your trip, transfer at 3 Av-138 St to a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

7

From 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, October 4 and from 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5, 7 trains operate in two sections:

Between Times Sq-42 St and Mets-Willets Point.

Between Mets-Willets Point and Flushing-Main St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Queens-bound A trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 168.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Norwood-205 St bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

D

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St and 55 St.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, E trains run local in Queens.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local in Queens.

G

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, Long Island City-Court Sq bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer bound J trains run express from Myrtle Av to Broadway Junction.

MTA bus driver allegedly attacks Flushing gas station worker over lottery ticket


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

An off-duty MTA bus driver attacked a gas station worker during a dispute over a missing lottery ticket in Flushing, authorities said.

Louis Cintron, 44, allegedly punched the worker in the nose during the argument at the station at Horace Harding Expressway and Lawrence Street on Thursday morning.

According to DNAinfo, Cintron unknowingly dropped one of his lottery tickets and demanded a refund or replacement ticket from the worker.

But the worker refused and Cintron allegedly grabbed him and punched him.

Cintron was charged with assault and harassment, according to police.

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