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


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Photos courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Mark Valentin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Op-ed: Taking a stand against congestion pricing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE MILLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community feedback leads to permanent bus service expansion along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

4

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

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

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

6

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

6

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

7

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

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

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

7

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

A

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

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

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

A

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

A

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

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

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

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

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

C

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

D

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

D

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

E

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

E

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

F

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

F

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

F

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

F

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

N

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

Q

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

Q

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

S 42nd St Shuttle

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

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MTA fare and toll hikes take effect Sunday


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further details, visit the MTA’s website.

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


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Photos courtesy of Riders Alliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

4

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

4

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

5

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

5  

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

5

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

6

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

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

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

6

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

6  

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

7  

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

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

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

7  

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

A  

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

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

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

A  

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

A  

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

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

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

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

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

C  

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

D  

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

D  

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

F  

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

F  

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

N

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

Q  

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

S 42nd St Shuttle

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

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7 line is ‘endless nightmare’ for western Queens community


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Subway service changes to affect 12 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

1

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

2

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

3

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

5

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

6

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

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

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

6

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

7

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

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

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

A

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

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

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

A

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

C

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

D

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

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

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

D

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

E

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

F

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

S 42 St Shuttle

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

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Subway service changes to affect 10 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Late night closures on L to affect Ridgewood area


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Overnight service disruptions will hit the L line between Ridgewood and Williamsburg beginning next week, the MTA announced.

L train service will be suspended between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues and Lorimer Street late nights, Monday through Friday, from 11:15 p.m. to 5 a.m. The disruption begins Monday night, Feb. 23, and will continue for the following three weeks through Friday, Mar. 13, weather permitting.

Free shuttle buses will replace L train service between both points, with bus stops located near all affected stations.

Meanwhile, L train service will operate in two separate sections — between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues and Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway and between Lorimer Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. However, trains running on these sections will operate every 20 minutes in each direction.

Those wishing to travel between Brooklyn/Queens and Manhattan were advised to use the A or J train, available at the Broadway Junction station, as alternate routes.

According to an MTA spokesperson, crews will upgrade and test the line’s Communications Based Train Control system, which tracks car movements along the line and controls train speed and braking.

For up-to-date information on scheduled train and bus service changes, visit www.mta.info or call 511.

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Subway service changes to affect 11 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Updated 1:31 p.m.

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, February 13 to 5 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, South Ferry-bound trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

2
From 11:45 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, February 16 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, Flatbush Av-bound trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St.

4
From 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, and from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, February 16, Brooklyn-bound trains run local from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

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

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

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

A
From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, and from 11:45 p.m., Monday, February 16, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 207 St-bound trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C
From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, February 14 to Monday, February 16, 168 St-bound trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D
From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 13 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, service is suspended between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq. D trains run in two segments:
• Stillwell Av to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express service between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr)
• 34 St-Herald Sq and 205 St.
As an alternate, take the FNQR or free shuttle buses between Grand St and W 4 St.

E
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 13 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, Jamaica Center-bound trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn Station.

L
From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 13 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, service is suspended between 8 Av and 14 St-Union Sq. As an alternate, take the M14 bus.

N
From 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, service is suspended between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.

N
From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 14 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Av and 59 St in Brooklyn.

R
From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, February 16 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, service is suspended from 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. As an alternate, take the N.

 

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Queens-bound platform of Rockaway Boulevard A train station to close for months


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

The MTA will temporarily close one of the most frequently used A train stations along Liberty Avenue at Rockaway Boulevard starting early next week.

The Queens-bound platform of the Rockaway Boulevard station is set to close on Feb. 9 at 5 a.m. as part of a $39 million capital project at five stations along the A train on Liberty Avenue, according to the MTA. The station is the closest stop to the bus transit hub located on the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.

The renewal work at Rockaway Boulevard will mean replacement of the mezzanine-to-platform stairs, mezzanine floors, doors and windows, and interior and exterior walls. It will also be painted, and canopies, windscreen panels and railings will be replaced. The work is expected to stretch from February to May, according to the MTA.

Along with these fixes, the transit agency will install new lighting in the mezzanine area and new artwork. Similar work has already been done on some A train stations on Liberty Avenue, such as 88 St.-Boyd Ave, where work was finished at the end of September.

Other stations that have and will benefit from this project are 80th Street, 104th Street.-Oxford Avenue and 111th Street-Greenwood Avenue. Work has been completed at two of the five up to this point — 104th Street and 88th Street.

The MTA said that these renewals will include “enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, and will create significantly better travel conditions for customers.”

Following the completion of the Queens-bound side of the Rockaway train station, the MTA will move to the Manhattan-bound side and continue their work on that side. That portion of the project is expected to start in May of this year.

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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.  

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, 2 service is suspended in both directions between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St.  Free shuttle buses operate in two segments:

Nonstop between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St.

Local between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St, making station stops at 149 St-Grand Concourse, 145 St, 135 St, 125 St, 116 St, and 110 St.

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, 3 service is suspended in both directions between Harlem-148 St and New Lots Av.  Free shuttle buses run between Harlem-148 St and 96 St.  2 trains make all 3 line station stops between 96 St and Franklin Av.  4 trains make all station stops between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, 4 service is extended to/from New Lots Av.  4 trains will run local in Brooklyn.

4  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, February 8, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9,  Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8, 5 service is suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green.  Take the 2 or 4 instead.  5 shuttle trains run all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

6

At all times until April 20156 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.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St.

6

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, February 7, to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 8, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, February 9, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro.  Use EFNQ trains between Manhattan and Queens.  Free shuttle buses make all stops between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza.  The 42 Street S shuttle operates overnight.  Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, A trains are suspended in both directions between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd.

For service to 88 St and Rockaway Blvd take the A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

For Service from these stations toward the Rockaways, take a Brooklyn-bound A to 80 St and transfer to a Howard Beach/Far Rockaway-bound A.

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

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

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, February 8, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, 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, February 7, and Sunday, February 8, Euclid Av-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.  C trains run every 15 minutes.  Allow additional travel time.

D  

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

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

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

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 7 and 8, and from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, February 6, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, Coney Island-
Stillwell Av bound F trains run express from Smith-9Sts to Neptune Av.

L

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 9, L trains are suspended in both directions between 8 Av and 14 St-Union Sq.  L service operates normal between 14 St-Union Sq and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy.  M14 buses provide alternate service.

Q

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

R

From 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, February 7; and from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 8, Forrest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forrest Hills-71 Av.

S 42 St Shuttle

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

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