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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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Subway service changes to affect 14 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, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 1 trains are suspended between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St. A C , M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Wakefield-241 St-bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 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, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 4 trains run local in both directions between 125 St and Grand Cantral-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Brooklyn-bound 4  trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 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, September 27 and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to E 180 St.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5  trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green, and local between 125 St and Grand Central-42 St.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 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, September 27 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 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, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Brooklyn-bound 6  trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from 74 St-Broadway to Mets-Willets Point.

A

Until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 88 St, and Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.

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

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A . From 104 St, take the Q112 bus. Or, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train.

D

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 D trains are suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq. Take the F N Q R or special shuttle trains instead. D service will operate as follows:

Between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).

Between 34 St-Herald Sq and Norwood-205 St.

Special shuttle train operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St Wash Sq, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.

E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains are rerouted via the M line from W 4 St Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge.

E

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Manhattan-bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 World Trade Center-bound E trains skip 75 Av.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Stillwell Av-Coney Island bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29 Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local in Queens.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 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.

N

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 26, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, N trains run local between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Ct and 59 St in Brooklyn, terminating at DeKalb Av.

N

From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 28, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express between Astoria Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.

R

From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

R

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. Take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

Plan calls for return of Elmhurst LIRR station


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The wheels of the LIRR might soon be making a stop once again in Elmhurst — or at least in the next five years.

In the MTA’s 2015-2019 $32 billion Capital Program, released earlier this week, $40 million is being set aside to construct a new Long Island Rail Road station on the Port Washington Branch.

“A new Elmhurst station will provide commuter railroad service to this vibrant community,” the MTA said in the five-year plan said.

The proposed station elements include two new 12-car platforms, staircases, platform railings, platform shelters, ticket vending machines, lighting, communication and security systems, and site improvements, according to the capital plan.

There will also be elevator service at the Elmhurst station, which will be part of the Port Washington line.

In 2012, Councilman Daniel Dromm and US Rep. Joseph Crowley called on the Long Island Rail Road to reopen the station, which was located on Broadway between Cornish and Whitney avenues and was closed in 1985 due to low ridership, to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s growing population.

Last year, LIRR officials conducted a month-long survey to see if it made sense to bring the station back to the community,

Dromm said that although he finds this plan as a positive development, he still views it as just a proposal.

“Seeing the line item of $40 million for the LIRR Elmhurst stop in the MTA’s capital budget is a longtime coming and much welcomed development,” Dromm said. “However, this capital budget should be seen as a wish list. These projects are not currently fully funded nor approved by the state. I will continue to advocate for this stop, which would cut down commutes and help Elmhurst residents get to where they need to go with greater speed. I hope the MTA will turn this wish from the community into a reality.”

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Subway service changes to affect 14 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, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, 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, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 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, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 21, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, 5  trains are suspended 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

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 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, September 20 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay. 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, September 19 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, September 22, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and 74 St-Broadway. E F N R trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Hunters Point Av, 45 Rd-Court House 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 September 2014, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 88 St, and Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.

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

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take the Lefferts Blvd-bound A  to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A. From 104 St, take the Q112 bus. Or, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train.

E

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

E

From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, E  trains will operate more frequently between Manhattan and Queens due to work on the 7 Flushing Line. E line customers traveling to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd (Air Train JFK), and Jamaica Center, please note that some E trains traveling from Manhattan are rerouted to the Jamaice-179 St F station.

F

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.

F

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 21, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Church Av to Avenue X.

G

From 11:45 a.m. Friday, September 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, Chambers St-bound J trains run express from Broadway Junction to Myrtle Av.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, N trains are rerouted via the R line in both directions between Canal St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

Q

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, N trains are rerouted via the R line in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av.

S (42 St Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 20, to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 42 Street Shuttle operates overnight.

S (Franklin Av Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 20, Franklin Av Shuttle trains run every 24 minutes.

Ozone Park A train stations to be fully repaired by the end of September


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The A train will soon pull into newly renovated subway stops in Ozone Park.

The 88th Street and 104th Street stations, on the Queens-bound side, are expected to reopen at the end of September, after about five months of repair work, according to an MTA spokeswoman. The repairs and replacements being made at the stops, which were started in May, are part of a $39 million capital project for five designated stations along the A line on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park.

The scope of work being done at the stops includes repairs or replacements of mezzanine-to-platform stairs; mezzanine floors, doors and windows; and interior and exterior walls, the spokeswomen added.

Furthermore, each station will be painted, canopied, have better lighting in the mezzanine areas and have its railings replaced. The MTA has also worked to add new artwork to each of the stations with the help of the MTA Arts for Transit. The artwork will be displayed on the platforms’ windscreen walls.

The capital project called for station renewals of these two stations along with 80th St.-Hudson St., Rockaway Boulevard and 111th St.-Greenwood Avenue.

The MTA did not immediately give a timetable for the completion of the other three train stations.

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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. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St.  A C trains, M3, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 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, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, New Lots Av-bound 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin.

4

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 5 trains are suspended 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

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 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, September 13 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 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.

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway.

A

At all times until September 2014, Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 88 St, and Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains skip 104 St.

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

For Service To/From 104 St:  To 104 St, take the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .  From 104 St, take the Q112 bus. Or, take the A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound A trains skip 111 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Queens-bound A  trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, D trains are suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq.  Take the F N Q R , or special shuttle train instead.

E

At all times from 12:15 p.m. Saturday, September 13 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E  trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica Center- Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av.

F

At all times from 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av.

F

From 6:45 p.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

G

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, Court Sq-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park and 4 Av-9 St.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, N  trains run local in Brooklyn, stopping at DeKalb Av.

Q

From 10:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15 Q trains are suspended between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and Prospect Park. D F N trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express between Stillwell Av and Prospect Park, stopping at West 8 St, Ocean Pkwy, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Neck Rd, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, and Flatbush Av.

Local between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy, stopping at Parkside Av, Church Av, Beverley Rd, Cortelyou Rd, Newkirk Plaza, Avenue H, Avenue J, and Avenue M.

R

From 6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13 to 12:15 a.m. Monday, September 14, Bay Ridge-95 St-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71.

R

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn.  Take the N instead.

N, R (Montague Tubes Closed)

There are currently no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.  Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

MTA employee charged after caught pleasuring himself in booth: cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

An MTA employee was busted for public lewdness after he was allegedly caught masturbating inside a booth at a Woodside subway station, police said.

Two riders were inquiring about a MetroCard at the 61st Street stop Tuesday night when they allegedly discovered Harold Sisselman, 51, pleasuring himself in the booth.

Police were called and Sisselman  was charged with public lewdness just after midnight. He was issued a ticket for a desk appearance, officials said.

According to published reports, Sisselman has been suspended without pay.

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New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

The community at P.S. 85 is met daily with noise problems caused by the N and Q elevated subway line, which shakes windows and disrupts lessons, according to parents and teachers. 

Looking to bring a stop to the noise pollution, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley announced on Monday the Peaceful Learning Act of 2014, new legislation that would require the formation of a program to lessen railway noise levels that “negatively impact” public schools in the city. 

“As another school year begins, it is unconscionable that so many children whose schools are located near elevated trains are forced to learn under these adverse conditions,” said Crowley. “If we are serious about helping our children reach their full potential, providing an adequate and peaceful learning environment is priority number one.” 

During the morning announcement, speakers were interrupted by trains passing by in front of the school. Teachers, parents and elected officials held up two fingers, a gesture used daily to pause school lectures every time a train passes.

During rush hour trains pass by every two minutes and during normal hours, every five minutes, according to officials.

The proposed federal bill will direct the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the impact of the subway noise on schools, determine acceptable ideas and evaluate the usefulness of noise reduction programs, according to the congressman.

Then schools that would be considered subject to unacceptable noise levels will be qualified to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, together with local matching funds, to build barriers or acoustical shielding to soundproof the sites.

Last December, the P.S. 85 community and elected officials rallied to call on the MTA and Department of Education to help alleviate the noise problems.

“This cannot go on any longer. This school has been here for over a hundred years, trains came after, and the school has adjusted,” said Evie Hantzopoulos, vice president of the parent association at P.S. 85. “Our kids go with it, our teachers go with it. And we all know we shouldn’t get used to things that are bad for you.”

Rebecca Bratspies, who is director of the City University of New York School of Law Center for Urban Environmental Reform and also the parent of a third grader at P.S. 85, said last fall she and another parent, Eric Black, recorded a video from inside the classroom to show the level of noise students face. 

While they recorded, the parents measured the noise level in the classroom to be 90 decibels, almost double the normal standard. 

“[The children] come here every day trying hard to learn. They do their best,” said Bratspies. “Now we have to do our best.”

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