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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2  trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

3

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 3  trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

3

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 6, and 7, and from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 3  service is extended to 34 St-Penn Station due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq due to CPM ADA work at 23 St.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line.  Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 until February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6  trains run express from Grand Cantral-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq due CPM ADA work at 23 St .

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to Monday, September 8, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6  trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.  The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.

A

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

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

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

​E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 5 to Monday, September 8, Jamaica Center-bound E  trains are rerouted on the F line from W 4 St-Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge due to MOW rail and tie installation at Court Sq-23 St.  Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Jamaica Center-bound E trains run local in Queens due to rail and tie installation north of Queens Plaza.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, September 7, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Jamaica-Van Wyck to Queens Plaza (stopping at Union Tpke, 71 Ave, & Roosevelt Ave) due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals tunnel lighting north of 65 St, and rail installation at Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F  trains are rerouted on the M  line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr due to CPM Second Avenue Subway related work.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F  trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals and rail installation at Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to CPM Church Avenue Interlocking.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 6 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, 179 St-bound F trains run local in Queens due to MOW rail and tie installation north of Queens Plaza.

G

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Church Av-bound G trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy due to CPM Church Avenue Interlocking work.

J

From 6:45a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, Chambers St-bound J  trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St due to track cleaning and maintenance south of Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

J

From 5:45a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, Chambers St-bound J trains skip Chauncey Street, Halsey Street, Gates Avenue, and Kosciusko Street due to rail replacement work.

M

From 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6 and from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, Broad St-bound M trains skip Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St due to track cleaning and maintenance south of Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

N

From 5:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, Coney Island-bound N  trains are rerouted via the D  line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av due to installation of contact rail heaters south of 59 St.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 8, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to MOW track work at Sheepshead Bay.

R

From 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, Bay Ridge-bound R  trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza due to CPM Queens Boulevard Signals and tunnel lighting north of 65 St.

N, R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

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

Two lanes of Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close overnight


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will have two northbound lanes to the Bronx closed between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. from Friday, Sept. 5 to Sat., Sept. 6 while new concrete is poured, the MTA said.

Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use the Throgs Neck Bridge as an alternative.

During this weekend’s work at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, there will be two lanes open southbound into Queens and one lane northbound to the Bronx. One lane is closed around-the-clock for the Bronx-Whitestone Queens Approach widening and reconstruction project, according to the MTA.

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LIRR Mets-Willets Point Station getting $9.7 million makeover


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Long Island Rail Road ‘s Mets-Willets Point Station will be getting a $9.7 million renovation that calls for, among other things, an elevator to ease access from the platform to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the National Tennis Center and Citi Field, according to the MTA.

The funds come from the MTA and plans are currently being made for the project to be completed by 2016. The MTA hasn’t made a decision about the designs for the additions. But the plans are being designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing tactile warning strips at the edges of the platform and constructing new staircases with guardrails and handrails. An MTA spokesman said that designs will be complete by 2015

“The MTA and the Long Island Rail Road are committed to doing our part so LIRR customers with disabilities can attend the U.S. Open, Mets games and other special events that come to Flushing Meadows Park,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said.

The renovations also include the extension of the platform to accommodate 12-car trains, a new canopy fully covering the platform, and new lighting and communication systems.

The Mets-Willets Point Station, located on the railroad’s Port Washington Branch, is strictly a special events station, open only when the Mets are playing or the U.S. Open is underway. The station was opened in 1964 for the 1964-65 World’s Fair but it was built without special accommodations for people with mobility impairments.

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Riders happy but cautious as G train service returns between LIC and Brooklyn


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

Commuters breathed sighs of relief as the G train began rolling into Long Island City once again.

For five consecutive weeks this summer, the subway line was not running between the Court Square station in Long Island City and the Nassau Avenue stop in Brooklyn due to repairs being made to damaged tubes flooded during Hurricane Sandy, according to the MTA.

“The dedication of transit personnel in rebuilding the Greenpoint Tubes and ensuring safe, reliable G train service for our customers is part of our continuing efforts to reinforce the system’s infrastructure and safeguard the most vulnerable areas of our subway system for decades to come,” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco.

Regular weekday service on the G train resumed between the stops on Tuesday, making many train riders happy to use the line once again.

Jackson Heights resident Elizabeth Gutierrez was excited to be able to once again ride the G train, which she uses to get to her job in Brooklyn. However, she says she is slightly worried the line will be suspended once again in the future.

“It’s really nice to have something back that I depend on for work so much, but I just hope this whole thing was for something,” Gutierrez said. “I’m just afraid in a few months it’ll happen again.”

Sam Lancet, a Long Island City resident, said he was happy the line was back and running but is also concerned about other subway lines being suspended.
“I’m really happy that now I can just hop back on the G, but you never know what other train will go out of service next,” Lancet said.

During the G train suspensions, which began on July 25, the MTA provided shuttle buses for riders between Long Island City and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

“To be honest I enjoyed the buses more; they were on time mostly,” said Long Island City resident Gerry Hughes. “But I am still happy the G is back, finally. That summer was too long.”

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2, 3, 4

From 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, the Eastern Pkwy station is closed due to the West Indian-American Day Parade. 2, 3 and 4 trains skip this station in both directions.

2

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2  trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

2

From 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2 trains skip Church Av in both directions due to the West Indian J’Ouvert Parade.

3

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 3  trains run local in both directions between 96 St and Times Sq-42 St due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

3

From 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, August, 30 and 31, and from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 3  service is extended to 34 St-Penn Station due to CPM cable work at 72 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 31, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, New Lots Av-bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall due to MOW track tie and concrete work at Spring St.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 30 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 31, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.

4

From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 4 trains run local in Brooklyn due to the West Indian-American Day Parade.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, stopping at Baychester Av, Gun Hill Rd, Pelham Pkwy, and Morris Park.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 until February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall due to MOW track tie and concrete work at Spring St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6  trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 30 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av. The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.

A

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

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

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

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Monday, September 1, Queens-bound A trains run local from 168 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail repairs north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, Coney Island- Stillwell Av-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail repairs north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 30, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, E trains operate in two sections due to MOW rail and plate repairs north of Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av JFK Airport.

Between World Trade Center and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and via the F line to/from Jamaica-179 St.

Between Kew Gardens-Union Tpke and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer every 16-20 minutes.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains are rerouted on the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr due to CPM Second Avenue Subway related work.

G

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, G trains are suspended between Long Island City-Court Sq and Nassau Av due to MOW Fix & Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube. Transfer out-of-system (with MetroCard) between the Broadway G station and Lorimer St J M stations. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service along two routes:

Via Manhattan Av between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Via McGuinness Blvd between Lorimer St L and Court Sq, stopping near G stations at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av, and 21 St.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to MOW track work at Sheepshead Bay.

N, R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

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

MTA Labor Day weekend service


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

MTA railroads will provide extra service on Friday, Aug. 29, and all MTA services will operate on reduced schedules on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1, according to the transit agency.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide 27 additional early-afternoon trains from Manhattan on Friday, Aug. 29. For more information on LIRR service click here and for more information on Metro-North service click here.

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, and the LIRR will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

New York City Subways and Buses

MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

Because of the J’Ouvert Parade on Monday, Sept. 1, from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Brooklyn, the Church Av 2 station will be closed and bypassed from 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, to 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Buses in the area will be rerouted.

Because of the West Indian-American Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, certain subway entrances in the parade area may be affected and buses in the area will be rerouted.  The Eastern Pakwy- Brooklyn Museum 234 station will be closed and bypassed from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Monday, September 1. At the Crown Hts-Utica Av 34 station, certain staircases will be designated entrance/exit only.  4 trains will make local stops in Brooklyn.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway (SIR) customers will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Friday, Aug. 29, with Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. 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. SIR will operate on a Sunday Schedule on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend routine construction and maintenance work at its facilities beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, Augu. 29, through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Work will continue at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge where a full-time lane closure is in effect.

 

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Changes coming to four Queens bus routes    


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Starting this Sunday the MTA is making changes to four Queens bus routes in order to enhance service and help alleviate congestion.

The Q8 route, which runs between Jamaica and Spring Creek, Brooklyn will now end at a new bus terminal at Gateway Center II (Gateway Center North) in Spring Creek.

The Q17 and the Q27 routes will now end at 138th Street between 39th and 37th avenues in Flushing, instead of Main Street between 39th Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue. This change was made at the request of the community to help reduce congestion, according to the MTA.

The Q113 Local will be turned into the Q114 Limited in order to provide faster service to passengers traveling a long distance along Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in south Jamaica and Rochdale Village. The new Q114 route will make limited stops on the Boulevard, then all local stops along Brookville Boulevard and through Woodmere, Cedarhurst, Inwood, Lawrence and Far Rockaway. During overnight hours, it will make all local stops along Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.

No change will be made to the Q113 Limited’s route. It will continue its limited-stop service from Jamaica through Far Rockaway, and the Q111 will continue to make all local stops from Jamaica through Rosedale.

 

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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

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.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 until February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.  The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.

A

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

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

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains are rerouted on the F line from Jay St-MetroTech W 4 St Wash Sq, then run local to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to CPM air quality testing and preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 168 St-bound C trains are rerouted on the F Subway Line Icon line from Jay St-MetroTech W 4 St Wash Sq, due to CPM air quality testing and preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Coney Island- Stillwell Av-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av due to MOW rail and plate renewal south of 36 St.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, E trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track maintenance and rail repairs between Queens Plaza and 65 St.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, F trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track maintenance and rail repairs between Queens Plaza and 65 St.

G

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, G trains are suspended between Long Island City-Court Sq and Nassau Av due to MOW Fix & Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube.  Transfer out-of-system (with MetroCard) between the Broadway G station and Lorimer St JM stations.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service along two routes:

Via Manhattan Av between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Via McGuinness Blvd between Lorimer St L and Court Sq, stopping near G stations at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av, and 21 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, N trains are suspended between Lexington Av/59 St and Queensboro Plaza due to MOW track and plate work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza.  Take the 7 train for service between Manhattan and Queens.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay due to MOW track work at Sheepshead Bay.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, Q trains are suspended between 57 St-7 Av and Times Sq-42 St due to MOW track and plate work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza.  Take the N, R instead.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, R service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, R trains are rerouted on the F line both directions between Manhattan and Queens due to work in the 60th Street Tube, chip and pour south of 5 Av/53 St, and switch work south of Queensboro Plaza.

N,R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

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

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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Marisa Baldeo

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Two of the three Queens-bound lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed during overnight hours this weekend, while one lane will be closed during the day.

From Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 25, at 5 a.m., one lane to Queens will be closed due to construction. One additional lane will stay closed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on all three days.

According to the MTA, these closures can cause delays in traffic movement, so motorists should use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge or Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternative.

This is the fourth of the seven non-consecutive weekends that the MTA needs to replace 90,000 square feet of binder and asphalt overlay to deliver on its promise of a smoother riding experience, according to the agency. All work is heavily dependent on good weather.

For up-to-date information on MTA service status visit www.mta.info.

 

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Woodhaven ‘eyesore’ to start rebuilding process


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Construction work at the site of a partially collapsed Woodhaven building will begin on Aug. 25, according to the building owner’s lawyer.

“My client is sincerely saddened that the community is upset with him,” said Elio Forcina, the building owner’s lawyer. “When the new building is complete it will be one that the community is proud of.”

The building, located on 78-19 Jamaica Ave., was originally supposed to be fully repaired by Oct. 15, a date established in a prior court appearance.  But because the owner received his permit to work on the building later than he expected due to MTA issues and his having to switch contractors, the date was pushed back to Dec. 1.

“He would have started the work earlier if there wasn’t an issue with the MTA,” Forcina said.

At the hearing on Monday, the building owner submitted the permit he received and the plans for construction, which were both approved by the court, added his lawyer.

“My client got the permit a little later than he thought,” Forcina said. “But he is doing everything he can to fix it.”

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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, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 1  trains are suspended between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St due to CPM Brick Arch Repair at 168 St and 181 St, and repair work in the area of 125 St.  A C trains, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

4

From 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, August 17, and from 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to Grand Cantral-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 5 trains are suspended between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E180 St due to CPM Signal Modernization on the Dyre Ave Line.  Free shuttle buses operate between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E180 St all weekend.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5 until February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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

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

​6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation work at Buhre Av and Zerega Av, and platform edge and canopy work at Pelham Bay Park.

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6  trains run express from Hunts Point Av to Parkchester due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16 and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to MOW track tie block renewal south of Whitlock Av and track panel installation north of Elder Av.  The last stop for some 6 trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is 3 Av-138 St.

A

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

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

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to CPM 88 St station rehabilitation.   Far Rockaway-Mott Av-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd.  Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd,104 St, and 111 St.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle to due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, A trains are suspended in both directions between 168 St and Inwood-207 St due to MOW track tie renewal near 181 St.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Queens-bound A  trains run local from 168 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail work north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle to due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy Work.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Coney Island- Stillwell Av-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to MOW track maintenance and rail work north of 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, E  trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, and MOW track tie renewal at 65 St.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M  line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, Jamaica 179 St-bound F  trains are rerouted via the A  line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq due to CPM preparation for Hurricane Sandy work.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, F trains run local in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke and MOW track tie renewal at 65 St.

G

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, G trains are suspended between Long Island City-Court Sq and Nassau Av due to MOW Fix & Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube.  Transfer out-of-system (with MetroCard) between the Broadway G station and Lorimer St J M stations.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service along two routes:

Via Manhattan Av between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Via McGuinness Blvd between Lorimer St L and Court Sq, stopping near G stations at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av, and 21 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, R  service is extended to Jamaica-179 St due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

N/R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

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

Rockaway Beach Rail Line gaining support


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Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder

Commuting to Manhattan from South Queens can be a miserable experience, but growing support for additional transportation options may alleviate these headaches.

“In addition to improving the terrible service on the A train, the MTA must increase bus service and restore the Rockaway Beach Rail Line,” Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder said, at the oversight hearing of the MTA capital budget plan from 2015 to 2019. “In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, we experienced firsthand the detrimental impact that the lack of public transit has on our families — in order to plan for our future growth, we must invest in vital transit infrastructure now.”

The MTA included the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line as part of their 20-year capital budget plan, which they outlined at the meeting on Aug. 7. Rail line restoration would mean quicker commute time to Manhattan for residents as well as economic growth for the area — and even supply a one-seat ride from mid-town Manhattan to JFK airport, Goldfeder said.

Advocates for more efficient South Queens transportation also advised the MTA to fix some ongoing issues in the neighborhood, including the possibility of toll rebates for cars from Howard Beach and Ozone Park that traverse the Cross Bay Bridge to and from Rockaway, Goldfeder said.

“There is no debate, improving current subway lines, increasing service and investing in projects like the Rockaway Beach Rail Line will benefit every resident of New York City,” he added. “No more excuses, every family should get the transit resources they deserve. In today’s difficult economy, we need more affordable and reliable transportation that will allow our city to grow and prepare for the future.”

 

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2

From 3:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, due to track panel installation near Jackson Av and Prospect Av 2 trains will run in two sections:

Between 241 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, with southbound 2 trains running express from E180 St to 3 Av-149 St.

Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Flatbush Av.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Bronx-bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St due to CPM cable work south of 125 St.

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

5

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 5 trains are suspended between E180 St and Bowling Green due to track panel installation near Jackson Av and Prospect Av.  4 trains make all 5 station stops between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green.  5 shuttle service operates between Dyre Av and E180 St all weekend.

6

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 5, until February 2015, 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions due to CPM station rehabilitation work.

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

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

6  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Bronx-bound 6  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Grand Central-42 St due to station rehabilitation work at 23 St.

From 12:45 a.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 10, Manhattan-bound 6  trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station rehabilitation work at Buhre Av and Zerega Av.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, Manhattan-bound 7  trains run express from Willets Point to 74 St-Broadway for signal tests and panel installation north of Willets Point.

A

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

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

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, Queens-bound A  trains run local between 168 St and W4 St, and are then rerouted via the F from W4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to rail installation north of 59 St and electrical installation at Fulton St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, Brooklyn-bound C trains are rerouted via the F from W4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to electrical installation at Fulton St.

D  

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 9, to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 11, Brooklyn-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle due to rail installation north of 59 St.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St due to electrical installation at Fulton St.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 11, Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

G

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, G trains are suspended between Long Island City-Court Sq and Nassau Av due to MOW Fix & Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube.  Transfer out-of-system (with MetroCard) between the Broadway G  station and Lorimer St JM stations.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service along two routes:

Via Manhattan Av between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Via McGuinness Blvd between Lorimer St L and Court Sq, stopping near G stations at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av, and 21 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, R  service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F  station due to MOW Jamaica Yard lead switch reconstruction.

N/R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, no N or R trains run between Court St in Brooklyn and Whitehall St in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.

Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

Bedbugs discovered on N trains


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Bedbugs were found on three N trains in the past week, the MTA confirmed.

Some of the critters were discovered in seat cushions in train cabs used by conductors and motormen, the New York Daily News reported.

Two trains were taken out of service on Sunday following the discovery and a third on Tuesday.

The MTA said the bedbugs have been exterminated.

 

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