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Subway service changes to affect 10 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

1

From 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2, 3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.

Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.

Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 2 3 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.

Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Sunday, July 5, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 2, 4, 6 and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station.

Local shuttle buses make all station stops between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St.

5 shuttle service operates between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

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

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

E

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

F

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

F

At all times until fall 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

F

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

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MTA service for Fourth of July holiday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will offer extra railroad service on Thursday, July 3, to allow customers to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday. On Friday, July 4, subways, buses, the LIRR, Metro-North and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule. More details are below.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Thursday, July 2. Between noon and 4 p.m., 18 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal, 10 extra trains will depart from Penn Station, and two extra New York State-bound trains will depart Hoboken Terminal. And the LIRR is offering plenty of extra train service to the East End over the extended Independence Day Weekend, including an extra Cannonball to Montauk on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule.

On Friday, July 3, the LIRR will operate on a normal Friday schedule, and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule.

New York City subway

On Friday, July 3, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule.  There will be no 5 train service south of E 180 Street; 1 service is suspended between 14th St and South Ferry; 2,3 trains run local between 34th St-Penn Station and Chambers St.  Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 4 and Fulton St 2, 3, 4, A, C stations, or buses between Chambers St and South Ferry. There will be increased subway service on the 4, 7, A, C, F, and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 19 (near John Street) from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

New York City buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes.  The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours:  M5; M8; M9; M14 A/D; M15 SBS; M20; M21; M22; M31; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M57; M103; M104; B6; B24; B25; B32; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; B103; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q101; Q103.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Thursday, July 2 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

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Katz provides $200K for countdown clocks at Queens’ busiest bus stops


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Robert Pozarycki

Where’s the bus? That common question among Queens commuters will be answered with countdown clocks set to be installed at the borough’s 10 busiest bus stops within the next two years.

Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Tuesday she allocated $200,000 in the city’s 2016 fiscal year budget to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) for the purchase and installation of the real-time devices that track the estimated time of arrival for buses.

While the MTA oversees the bus system, the DOT is responsible for the countdown clocks and other bus-related infrastructure such as signage and shelters.

“Countdown clocks eliminate the anxiety of waiting for the unknown, a feeling familiar to every traveler,” Katz said in a statement. “They’ll add more predictability to any commute and will be a boon for thousands of riders in a borough that boasts some of the longest commutes to and from work.”

The DOT, through analyzing data such as ridership levels, commuter transfers, proximity to prominent facilities and dependency of bus service, will recommend to the MTA and Katz which 10 locations will receive the countdown clocks. The final locations will be determined through conversations among Katz, the DOT and the MTA.

Judged solely on activity, it figures that at least a few of the countdown clocks will be installed at transit hubs along some of Queens’ 10 busiest bus routes. According to MTA statistics, the Q58 led all other borough bus ridership in 2014, with 9,787,420 customers. The Q58, which runs between Ridgewood and Flushing, connects riders at both ends to local subway lines and intersects with Queens Boulevard, where M and R train service is available at the Grand Avenue station.

Other heavily traveled bus routes in Queens include the Q44 route between Jamaica and the Bronx, which passes through Flushing (9,240,459 riders in 2014); the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport (7,511,855); the Q46 bus between Forest Hills and New Hyde Park (6,594,164); and the Q53 limited line between Woodside and the Rockaways (5,140,345).

The clocks are scheduled to be installed and activated in 2017. Currently, riders can find information on bus locations through the MTA’s BusTime program, available online and through a mobile app.

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Residents rally against MTA bus reroute on Ridgewood/Bushwick border


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy of United We Stand Neighborhood Association

In the face of a proposed bus route change by the MTA, members of the United We Stand Neighborhood Association and residents of Bushwick and Ridgewood rallied and marched to oppose the new B26 and Q58 bus routes, which on Sunday started traveling down their blocks on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border.

The march was set to take place Saturday afternoon, but after meeting with a representative from the MTA on Wednesday, the group decided to move the rally to Sunday, the day the bus routes officially changed, in order to maximize the protest’s impact.

“They did not give us any notification that they would be doing the reroute of the buses,” said Flor Ramos, member of United We Stand Neighborhood Association. “The MTA never informed the public that anything was happening.”

“There were around 150 people in the meeting,” Ramos added. “We have support from Councilman Rafael Espinal and from [Brooklyn] Community Board 4.”

On Sunday afternoon protesters marched down Putnam Avenue to Ridgewood Place and up Palmetto Street, the new route which the buses would be taking.

Residents took out their smartphones to snap photos and take videos of the buses trying to turn onto Ridgewood Place from Putnam Avenue. The protesters were not surprised when the buses could not complete the turn.


“This is our concern,” Ramos told the Ridgewood Times in a phone interview. “Those buses can’t fit through there. Even if they made it to Palmetto, they couldn’t turn there either.”

Ramos said that both the B26 and Q58 buses failed to make turns onto Ridgewood Place, at which point they were rerouted to another block, where they also had troubles making the turn. In the end, the buses were brought back to their original route, according to Ramos.

“I think the rally was very successful. It brought awareness to people in the area who didn’t know about it,” Ramos said. “We are bringing a lot of light to this issue. These buses turning on small residential streets is dangerous. The narrower streets will cause more accidents.”

According to Ramos, the MTA is looking to implement no parking restrictions on the corners of the blocks on the rerouted bus lines to remove vehicles from the corners, allowing buses to safely turn onto and off of Ridgewood Place, in order to complete the new route.

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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 3:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend making all station stops between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. 4 service operates between Woodlawn and Crown Hts-Utica Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend making all station sops between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 2, 4 and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

  • Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station.
  • Local shuttle buses make all station stops between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St.
  • 5 shuttle service operates between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

A

At all times until Fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

  • For Service to this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, A trains run express in both directions between 145 St and Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, C trains run express in both directions between 145 St and Canal St.

D

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, D trains are suspended in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and DeKalb Av. F, N, Q, R trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses run between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Grand St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the F, N, Q or R instead.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and June 28, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av 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, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St. 4, 6, F and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. 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 service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, use the A, C or L via transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. Take the J, L and/or free shuttle buses instead. M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 45 St and 53 St. 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

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Ridgewood march against proposed MTA bus rerouting plan


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy the MTA

Members of the United We Stand Neighborhood Association, a newly formed civic group on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border, will be holding a march and rally in Ridgewood this Saturday to oppose the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) proposed plan to reroute the B26 and Q58 buses.

The MTA’s proposal would take these two buses off of Wyckoff Avenue and instead reroute them onto Ridgewood Place. The MTA cites dangerous turning conditions at the three-way intersection at Palmetto Street and Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues as well as heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic as reasons for the proposed changes.

This location has been the scene of many traffic-related injuries, several involving MTA buses, including the fatal accidents that killed Ella Kottick Bandes in 2013 and Edwin Torres in 2014.

“The whole idea of rerouting buses in the area of Myrtle and Wyckoff was due to the need to make traffic conditions safer for pedestrians,” said Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5. “Unfortunately, two people were killed in vehicular accidents at that intersection. The decision on which blocks to reroute the buses to was studied by the MTA. This was done to save lives. The whole reasoning was for pedestrian safety.”

The United We Stand Neighborhood Association was formed in April of this year to combat this rerouting.

“We are a newly formed group,” said Flor Ramos, member of United We Stand Neighborhood Association, in a phone interview with the Ridgewood Times. “We got together mainly because of the situation with the bus rerouting. Nobody wants those buses around there.”

Protesters will assemble at the intersection of Putnam and Wyckoff avenues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. They will begin their protest at noon and march along Putnam Avenue to Ridgewood Place, ending on Palmetto Street, which is the proposed new route for the buses.

“Now it’s totally going to affect our quality of life,” Ramos said. “There is the noise issue and the fumes. Now you will have double the noise from screeching breaks and compressed air making that horrible bus noise echoing through the streets. We won’t be able to leave our windows open. These are all residential house along this new route. Wyckoff Avenue is all commercial.”

Currently, the Q58 travels down Putnam Avenue, turns right onto Wyckoff Avenue and right again on Palmetto Street, where the Ridgewood Terminal is located. The B26 travels straight down Wyckoff Avenue to Palmetto Street to the Ridgewood Terminal.

“That intersection is the beginning of our commercial district,” said Ted Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, who supports the bus route changes. “Since day one, we have been working with the city for the mayor’s Vision Zero plan and have advocated for improvements in that area.”

The proposed changes would have the Q58 turn right onto Ridgewood Place, then right again on Palmetto Street, while the B26 would turn left onto Putnam Avenue, right onto Ridgewood Place and right onto Palmetto Street.

“Overall, the buses will be making five new turns with this new route,” Ramos explained. “The B26 will add three more turns and the Q58 will add two more turns. They will be taking the accidents from there and bring them to the new location. That is going to cause a lot more problems.”

Members of United We Stand Neighborhood Association believe that moving the bus routes to Ridgewood Place would put more children and elderly at risk since the streets of the proposed reroute are very narrow, which would make it difficult for a bus to turn.

“Sending out a bus through there, all they’re doing is bringing that problem to our streets,” Ramos said. “There is nothing they can do about making the streets wider.”

“You have wider streets on Wyckoff and Palmetto,” Ramos continued. “There is about a 5-foot difference in width. The sidewalks on Wyckoff are much wider, giving bus drivers a better view of pedestrians passing through there.”

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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, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2, 3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

  • Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.
  • Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.
  • Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 2, 3 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 3  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

5

From 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Eastchester-Dyre Av bound 5 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 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.
  • Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to Willets Point.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

  • For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, A trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip 88 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St.

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, June 20 to 8:00 Sunday, June 21, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted via the N from Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

  • To Bay 50 St, 25 Av, Bay Pkwy, 20 Av, 18 Av, 79 St, 71 St, 55 St, 50 St, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, and 9 Av, take the D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D or N .
  • From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound D or N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Stillwell Av and transfer to a 205 St-bound D.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, E trains run local in Queens due to.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run local in Queens.

F

From 11:45 p.m. 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 23 St and 14 St.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, L trains operates in two sections.

  • Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.
  • Between Broadway Junction and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.
  • To continue your trip, transfer at Broadway Junction.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, Bay Ridge-bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 19 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 45 St and 53 St. 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

 

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Subway service changes to affect 9 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

6

From 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the 116 St station is EXIT ONLY. Use the 110 St or 125 St stations instead.

6

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14, the 77 St station is EXIT ONLY. Use the 68 St or 86 St stations instead.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

  • For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 12 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

A

From 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Queens-bound A trains run local from 168 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

D

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 Saturday, June 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

  • To 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, 55 St, 71 St, 79 St, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av, and Bay 50 St, take the Coney Island-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D .
  • From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D or N.

D

From 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 12:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13 Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run local from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E

From 12:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13 E trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and Roosevelt Av.

F

From 12:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Jamaica-179 St bound F  trains run local between 21 St-Queensbridge to Forest Hills-71 Av. Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, June 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 15, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

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Queens Midtown Tunnel set for another tube closure this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA / Oscar Gonzalez

Updated Friday, June 12, 11:34 a.m.

It could be another slow-moving weekend for drivers heading through the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

The Queens-bound tube of the tunnel will be closed to traffic from 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, through 8 a.m. Sunday, June 14, according to the MTA.

During the closures, one lane will be open in each direction of the remaining tube for cars and buses, while all commercial traffic must use an alternate route.

Vehicles heading into Queens should enter the tunnel at 34th Street between Second and Third avenues. Manhattan-bound motorists can exit normally at 37th Street exit to head uptown. Downtown Manhattan-bound traffic should use the Marginal tunnel exit to 38th Street and then continue on to Second Avenue. The 34th Street and Second Avenue ramps will be closed to traffic exiting in Manhattan.

Drivers should allow extra travel time and use an alternate route if possible.

The closures are to remove ceiling panels damaged during Hurricane Sandy and will require a total of six weekend-long tube closures of the Queens-bound tube. This will be the third weekend closure.

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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 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service, and operate all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av making all station stops.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June, 5 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service, and operate all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av making all station stops.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, 5  service is 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. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at E 180 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

6

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

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.

  • To 111 St, 103 St, 90 St, 82 St, 74 St, 69 St, 52 St, 46 St, 40 St, and 33 St, take the 7 to Junction Blvd, 61 St-Woodside, or Queensboro Plaza and transfer to a Flushing-Main St bound 7.
  • From these stations, take a Flushing-Main St bound 7 to 61 St-Woodside, Junction Blvd, or Mets-Willets Point and transfer to a Times Sq-42 St bound 7.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

  • For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run local from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, Brooklyn-bound C trains skip 50 St, 23 St, and Spring St. To/from these stations, take the E instead; transfer between trains at 42 St-Port Authority, 14 St, W 4 St-Wash Sq or Canal St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, June 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, E trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell bound F  trains are rerouted via the E  line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and then via the A line to Jay St-MetroTech.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, F trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and Roosevelt Av.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, L trains operate in two sections:

  • Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.
  • Between Broadway Junction and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.
  • To continue your trip, transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, M trains are suspended. J trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

  • Free shuttle buses make all M line station stops between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av.
  • Use the J for service between Myrtle Av and Essex St.
  • Transfer between shuttle buses and J trains at Myrtle Av.
  • For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell bound N trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 45 St and 53 St. 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 49 St.

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Schumer: Time to crack down hard on scrap metal theft


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

BY ANGELA MATUA

Following a commuting nightmare for A train riders last week caused by the theft of copper cable in Howard Beach, Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for legislation to crack down on scrap metal theft in New York.

Several copper wire thefts have been reported in the last few years, including a 2013 incident in which more than 15 MTA employees working for the LIRR stole copper wire from a rail yard. According to the NYPD Transit and the MTA, there have been approximately 12 incidents of copper theft along the subway in 2015.

Schumer’s plan would require that those who sell metal to recyclers have documentation to prove that they own the metal or are authorized to sell it. The legislation would also make it mandatory for recyclers to keep detailed records of their metal purchases and cap the amount at $100 in cash that recyclers can pay for scrap metal.

According to a press release, the proposal would also make it a federal crime for people to steal metal from critical infrastructure.

“It is time to put thieves who steal scrap metal from critical mass transit infrastructure, as well as homes and businesses, behind ironclad bars,” Schumer said. “Every ounce of copper or metal stolen from New York’s critical infrastructure could cause the next big commuter delay, a subway line suspension or even a disaster. That’s why this plan must be enacted—because it takes the cold-hard-cash incentive out of the metal theft equation and would deter metal thieves before they steal.”

For sellers, only metal products that would likely be owned by government entities and properties would require documentation. For recyclers, the record keeping requirement would mandate that they keep the date of the purchase, description of the metal, the amount paid and the name and address of the seller.

If recyclers want to pay more than $100 for metal, they would have to pay by check, money order or online.

“This proposal will safeguard New York families, schoolchildren, straphangers, business owners and first responders who are endangered by the stripped infrastructure, fires and financial losses that occur as a result of these crimes,” Schumer said.

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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, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 1 trains are suspended between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St in both directions. Use the A, C, M3, M100, and free shuttle buses instead.

1
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Wakefield-241 St bound 2 trains run express from Franklin Av to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

• For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
• For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
• Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, Harlem-148 St bound 3 trains run express from Franklin Av to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31, from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Woodlawn-bound 4  trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14St-Union Sq.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31, from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run express from Franklin Av to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

5

From 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, 5 trains run every 20 minutes.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14 St-Union Sq. For service to Canal St, transfer to the J at Chambers St-Brooklyn Bridge. For service to Spring St, Bleecker St, and Astor Pl, take the uptown 4 or 6 to 14 St-Union Sq and transfer to a downtown 4 local or 6. From these stations, take a downtown 4 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and transfer to an uptown 4 or 6.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester.

A

Beginning 5:00 a.m. Monday, June1, until Fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
• For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, A trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone-Park Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd and 88 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate between 80 St and Lefferts Blvd. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, May 30 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, E trains are suspended in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and World Trade Center. E trains are also rerouted via the F between W 4 St-Wash Sq and 2 Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza. Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run local from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 29, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30 J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Essex St. Take free shuttle buses instead. J service operates in two sections:

• Between Jamaica Center and Hewes St.
• Between Essex St and Chambers St, every 15 minutes.
• 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 service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, consider the A, C or L via transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. Take the J, L and/or free shuttle buses instead. M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted on the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

N

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, May 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to DeKalb Av.

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

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Cable theft causes A train shutdown in south Queens: MTA


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Ad Meskens

Updated 1:55 p.m.

Limited service is back on the A line in south Queens Wednesday morning after crews worked to repair damage caused by the theft of nearly 500 feet of copper cables powering the tracks.

According to the MTA, the train troubles were discovered at about 11:22 p.m. Tuesday night, when a Manhattan-bound A train suddenly lost power just north of the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station. The MTA dispatched another train that pulled behind it, allowing some 150 passengers in the disabled train to safely walk back to the Howard Beach platform.

Upon investigation, crews reportedly discovered that copper cables which supply power to the third rail were missing. Signals and other related equipment were damaged due to the interrupted electrical equipment.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

The cable theft caused a commuting nightmare during the morning rush hour Wednesday. The A line was entirely shut down between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel, and shuttle buses were brought in to transport thousands of affected riders to the nearest working subway stations.

The MTA also noted the disruption made it impossible to dispatch trains stored at the Rockaway Park yard for morning rush hour service, thus reducing service along the entire A and C lines between upper Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some A trains were forced to terminate at Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn, the normal C train terminus.

MTA crews made emergency repairs to restore limited service by about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the authority indicated the line would again be shut down tonight for further repairs. Shuttle buses will again replace A trains between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel during the disruption.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

“This morning’s service disruption was directly caused by the theft of cable from along the subway right of way,” MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco said in a statement. “We are working closely with the NYPD Transit Bureau to help them investigate this crime and identify the culprits responsible.”

Click here for up-to-date information on MTA service.

In the wake of the shutdown, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder called for an immediate investigation and the MTA to beef up security along the A line.

“Families in southern Queens and Rockaway have some of the longest commute times in the entire city. On a normal day, our roads, trains and buses are stretched to capacity. Outages like this have devastating consequences for families simply trying to commute to work or school,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “I am alarmed by reported security breaches along the A train and the failure to put in place effective alternative travel plans for our families. I demand a full investigation by the MTA to ensure that this never happens again.”

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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.  

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Wakefield-241 St bound 2 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

4

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, from 11:45 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 24, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 25, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4  trains skip 138 St-Grand Concourse.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

5

From 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 25, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 2 and/or 4  instead. 5 shuttle trains operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. 6 service is extended to Bowling Green.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 7 trains are suspended in both directions between Flushing-Main St and Mets-Willets Point. Shuttle buses operate between Flushing-Main St and Mets-Willets Point. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at Mets-Willets Point.

A

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

  • For Service To this station take the Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or the Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.
  • For Service From this station take a Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

C

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, May 15 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, E trains run local in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22, to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the E line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech. F trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, F trains run local in both directions from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

N

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted via the R line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Canal St.

N

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 57 St/7 Av-bound Q  trains are rerouted via the R line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Canal St. 57 St/7 Av-bound Q  trains stop at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25, R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 22 to 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

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MTA Memorial Day weekend service changes


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will make the following service changes for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to the transit agency.

New York City Subway

On Monday, May 25, the city’s subway system will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are reminded to use the A, C, D or Q instead of the B and the J instead of the Z. Express service is not available on the 6 and 7. In addition, on Sundays, some subway routes are shortened. The following diversions are in effect on Memorial Day through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26:

• Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 1 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.
• Brooklyn-bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 2 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.
• 34 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.
• Brooklyn-bound 46 trains skip 103 St.
• Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.
• 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green in both directions. 6 service is extended to Bowling Green.
• Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.
• Manhattan-bound AC trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.
• Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.
• Brooklyn-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.
• E trains run local in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av in Queens.
• Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech. F trains run local in both directions from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.
• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St.
• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
• Brooklyn-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St. R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road will provide 10 additional early-afternoon train trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 22. The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday and on a holiday schedule on Memorial Day.

For more details, click here.

Metro-North Railroad

On Friday, May 22, Metro-North will provide 17 extra trains departing Grand Central between 1 and 4 p.m., and one extra departure from Hoboken Terminal on Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line. On Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, a Sunday schedule will be in effect on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, and a weekend schedule will be in effect on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines.

For more details, click here.

Staten Island Railway

MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 22. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. The Early Departure Get Away service plan on SIR is also available on Wednesday, July 3.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all scheduled maintenance work beginning 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, May 26.

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