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Broken rail not cause of May subway derailment: report


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

The May subway derailment in Woodside, which injured 19 people and forced about 1,000 straphangers to evacuate, was not caused by the broken rail initially discovered by the MTA, according to a published report.

Although a preliminary investigation found that the rail had broken under the Brooklyn-bound F train, investigators are now suspecting that the derailment occurred from a sequence and combination of “other relatively minor substandard site and track-equipment conditions,” according to the New York Daily News.

Sources told the Daily News that investigators were looking at items such as rail fasteners, rail ties and plates.

The F train was on the express track when the six center cars of the eight-car train derailed, officials said. Of those 19 injured, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

According to published reports, the rail section was made by a longtime supplier for the MTA, and was installed after a “hairline crack” was found at the derailment location.

Rail manufactured from the same batch has been installed at other locations, and the transit agency is trying to figure out where those rail sections are and their condition, reports said.

In a May release, the MTA emphasized its safety record, as well as track and other maintenance efforts, and said the city’s subway system has experienced only 17 mainline derailments in the last decade.

 

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Subway service changes to affect more than a dozen lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St due to track tie renewal at 34 St-Penn Station.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Wakefield-241 St-bound 2 trains run express between E180 St and Gun Hill Rd due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line.

2

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College-bound 2 trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Chambers St due to track tie renewal at 34 St-Penn Station.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Woodlawn-bound 4 trains skip Fulton St due to work for Fulton Center.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E180 St due to CPM signal modernization on the Dyre Avenue Line.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, E180 St-bound 5 trains skip Fulton St due to work for Fulton Center.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, to 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express between Parkchester and Pelham Bay Park due to station rehabilitation preparation at Buhre Av and Zerega Av.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 21, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, June 23, 7 trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza.  E F N Q S and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Q service is extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd on Saturday, June 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.

7

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, the last stop on some 7 trains headed toward Queensboro Plaza will be 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza.

A

At all times until August 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, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to station rehabilitations at 88 St and 104 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St. Far Rockaway Mott Av-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd.  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 the A at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Brooklyn-bound A trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to track plate renewal on switches south of Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to track plate renewal on switches south of Canal St.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, E trains are suspended in both directions between World Trade Center and W 4 St-Wash Sq due to track plate renewal on switches south of Canal St.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 20 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.

Q

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, Q trains are extended to Astoria Ditmars Blvd due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

S  (42 St Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CBTC related work and track panel installation south of Queensboro Plaza on the 7 line.

S  (Franklin Av Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21, to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, the Franklin Av Shuttle operates every 24 minutes due to CPM circuit breaker house work north of Prospect Pk.

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.

 

Woman pepper-sprayed on A train in Howard Beach: report


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via MTA Flickr: Marc A. Hermann/ MTA New York City Transit

BY SALVATORE LICATA

An altercation between two women on the A train at the Howard Beach stop this morning, led to one being pepper-sprayed, according to a published report.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., on the Manhattan-bound train, the argument broke out which led to the victim being sprayed with the substance, the New York Post reported.

The entire train was evacuated and 18 passengers were treated on site for eye irritation, officials said.

“Anytime there is Mace or pepper spray in an enclosed area like that, you have to remove people from the immediate location,” police officials told the paper. “So the train was evacuated as a precaution.”

There have yet to be any reports of an arrest and one person was sent to Jamaica Hospital for further evaluation, officials said.

 

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Throgs Neck Bridge lanes to close overnight for seven weekends


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MTA/Photo by Patrick Cashin

Up to two of the Throgs Neck Bridge’s three Queens-bound lanes will be closed during overnight hours for a total of seven weekends this summer, according to the MTA.

Starting the weekend of June 20 through 23, only one Queens-bound lane will be open from the Bronx toll plaza south to the Bronx anchorage of the bridge from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. During daytime hours on the weekend two lanes to Queens will remain open.

The closures will allow 90,000 square feet of binder and asphalt overlay to be replaced, and will give drivers “a smoother, more-even riding surface,” the MTA said.

As an alternative, motorists can use the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which will have three lanes open southbound to Queens.

Work is heavily dependent on good weather and can be affected by rain or extreme humidity. As a result of the weather, it may not be done on consecutive weekends.

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

 

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MTA increases G train service


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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G train riders can expect an easier commute starting Monday after local lawmakers and transit advocates pushed for better service.

The MTA is boosting weekday service on the subway line, which connects Queens to Brooklyn, between 3 and 9 p.m. Trains will now operate every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes.

“This added service will address increased ridership and demand along a growing corridor between Brooklyn and Queens,” the transit agency said.

The MTA is also adding public announcement systems to 12 G train stations that currently do not have them, according to an agency spokesman.

The G train changes are the result of the MTA’s full-line review of the subway line that was requested by state Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan.

“Today the G rarely means the beginning of a great ride,” Squadron said. “These improvements will help commutes on this important line—and hopefully make lives a little easier for the riders who depend on it.”

Other G train changes expected as a result of the review include stopping the four-car train at the same place on the platform at all times, marking where on the platform the train will stop with clear signage and running morning trains at more evenly spaced intervals, according to the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization of subway and bus riders, which made recommendations that were incorporated into the review.

John Blesso, a Riders Alliance member who lives off of the Broadway G train stop, said the implementations are “a solid first step by the MTA and hopefully many more will follow.”

“The G train is increasingly becoming a major artery for Brooklyn and Queens residents, and we need to make sure that service keeps up with ridership on the line.”

 

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Two Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close for six to eight nights


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MTA/Photo by Patrick Cashin

Two of the three Queens-bound lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed for six to eight nights beginning this Wednesday for milling, repaving and restriping work, according to the MTA.

The two lanes will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. All work is dependent upon good weather and there will not be any work on Saturday or Sunday.

Motorists should expect delays, according to the MTA. Drivers are advised to use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge as an alternate route.

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

 

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7 train suspensions resume, subway service changes to affect 13 additional lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The MTA will resume No. 7 train weekend shutdowns this weekend, and will suspend service in both directions between Times Square-42 St in Manhattan and 74 St-Broadway in Jackson Heights.

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

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 1  trains are suspended in both directions between 96 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St due to brick arch repair work at 168 St and 181 St, and repair work in area of 125 St. A C  trains, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av. 2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.  In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, May 31 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 7  trains are suspended between Times Square-42 St and 74 St-Broadway in both directions due to track panel installation north of 69 St. E F N R S  and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and QueensboroPlaza making station stops at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Av and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av.

Between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St-Broadway making station stops at 33 St, 40 St, 46 St, 52 St, Woodside-61 St, and 69 St.

A

At all times until August 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 LeffertsBlvd-bound A.

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 1, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, Inwood-207 St-bound A  trains run express from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and Sunday June 1, 168 St-bound C  trains run express from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, E trains run more frequently between Manhattan and Queens due to CPM duct bank work north of Times Square-42 St, and track panel installation north of 69 St on the 7 line.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2, Coney Island Stilwell Av-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av due to rail work south of Parsons Blvd.

F

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2, Coney Island Stilwell Av-bound F  trains run express between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av due to signal work at Church Av.

G

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, May 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 2, G trains are suspended between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorns Sts due to signal work at Church Av.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q  trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

S (42 St Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 31 to 6:00 a.m. Monday June 2, due to work on the 7  line, the 42 St Shuttle operates overnight due to CPM duct bank work north of Times Square-42 St, and track panel installation north of 69 St on the 7  line.

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.

Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.  In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.

A

At all times until August 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, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, Inwood-207 St-bound A  trains run local from Canal St to 125 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.  Far Rockaway/Lefferts Blvd-bound A trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.

D

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 25, Bronx-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to ADA work at Kingsbridge Rd.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, Bronx-bound D  trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 145 St due to track tie and track plate renewal at 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, F trains run local in both directions in Queens due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26, G trains run every 20 minutes between Long Island City-Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs due to Sandy recovery work in the Greenpoint Tube.  The last stop for some trains headed toward Long Island City-Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

J

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.

M

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 to 10:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av.  Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q  trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

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.

 

Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av. Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.  In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St. Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.

A

At all times until August 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, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound A trains skip 111 St due to station renewal work at 104 St.

For Service To 111 St:  Take a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A train.

For Service From 111 St:  Take a Brooklyn-bound A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Lefferts Blvd-bound A train, or use the Q112 bus.

D

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 18, Brooklyn-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts due to ADA work at the Kingsbridge Rd.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound F trains run local between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.  Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

G

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Queens-bound G trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts due to signal work at Church Av.

J

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.

M

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av.  Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

Q

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, May 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, Brooklyn-bound Q trains run express from Newkirk Av to Sheepshead Bay due to track panel work from Church Av to Newkirk Av, and Brighton Beach.

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.

LIC scheduled for a weekend of fun


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ File Photo

Long Island City is the place to be this weekend.

Three events will be taking over the western Queens neighborhood, bringing residents and visitors from near and far the best in food, drinks, activities, the arts and much more.

The first of these events is the ongoing LIC Flea & Food located at the outdoor lot on the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, and fashion. For the remaining weekends in March, the LIC Flea will only be running on Saturdays.

During the weekend the 2014 LIC Arts Open, which began Wednesday, will also be taking over with local artists holding open studios on Saturday, and on Sunday hosting a closing party and silent auction.


             LIC ARTS OPEN POSTER © Luba Lukova

On Saturday, the first-ever free LIC Springs! block party, which is part of the city’s Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program, will shut down Vernon Boulevard to vehicular traffic from 50th to 46th avenues. From 1 to 6 p.m. the block party will feature performances, activities, and food and items sold by local business owners.

“Together these events show that there is something for everyone in Long Island City and should draw New Yorkers of all ages to LIC,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership. “Arts, culture, lively performances, activities and, of course, a cornucopia of culinary options — and all from local participants.”

Also for this weekend, the MTA has announced the No. 7 train would take a break from its weekend disruptions and will be running to help visitors get to and from Long Island City.

Just a neighborhood away, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be entering its third of eight Sundays of operation. After paying a visit to Long Island City, don’t miss out on the numerous vendors at the Astoria Flea.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Rain likely. High 66. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch. Friday night: Cloudy with periods of rain. Areas of fog developing late. Low around 55F. SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: To Bird & Dizzy with Love

Flushing Town Hall presents “To Bird & Dizzy with Love,” a musical homage to Charlie “Bird” Parker and John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, the two men most responsible for creating the Be-Bop vernacular and changing the way jazz musicians approached improvisation. Pre-show discussion with Jimmy Heath, music director and conductor of the Queens Jazz Orchestra, is Friday at 7:30 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Next wave of popular green cabs hits TLC snag

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Fast food workers around the world strike for higher wages

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Some subway emergency door alarms turned off by MTA

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Sophia, Jacob top names for New York newborns

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New round of GM recalls affects 2.7 million vehicles

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MTA to increase M train service in the fall


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Some of the growing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens are getting a much needed service boost.

The MTA just announced it plans to increases service to the L and M subway lines this fall, based on analysis of schedules and increased ridership demand.

The service increase will be as follows:

  • On Saturday L train service will be increased a total of 33 round trips between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • On Sunday L train services will be increased a total of 23 round trips between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Weekday evening L service will be increased a total of 3 round trips
  • Weekday M service will increase one round trip – one northbound trip in the morning and one southbound trip in the late afternoon

In order to lower wait times during peak periods, there will also be increased M line service on Forest Hills-bound weekday morning and Metropolitan Ave- bound weekday afternoon trains.

The service changes, which are scheduled for the fall of this year, will cost about $1.7 million annually. M line service changes will be simultaneous with the Superstorm Sandy-related restoration of R line service.

For up-to-date information, visit www.mta.info.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 68. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Some clouds. Low 54. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Taste of Bayside 2014

The Bayside Business Association invites you to this year’s 11th Annual Taste of Bayside to be held on Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Food connoisseurs will enjoy sampling the diverse culinary culture of our finest neighborhood restaurants. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Moody’s issues warning for de Blasio budget

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NYPD to stop seizing sex work suspects’ condoms

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‘Modern Family’ pays for NYC marriage license

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MTA cops will carry heroin overdose antidotes

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Subway service changes to affect 16 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.  In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 4  trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 4 trains run local in both directions between 125 St and Grand Central 42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 5  trains run local in both directions from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.  Trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track panel installation at St Lawrence Av, and track maintenance at Cypress Av.  The last stop for some Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains is 3 Av-138 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 A trains are suspended between Ozone Park Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to station rehabilitations at 88 St and 104 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St.  Far Rockaway Mott Av-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd.  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 the A at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 11, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Brooklyn-bound A  trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Queens-bound F trains run local between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.  Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, G trains run every 20 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work.  The last stop on some Court Sq-bound   trains is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

J

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.

M

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av.  Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q  trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended due to track panel installation from Beach 67 St to Beach 60 St.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Beach 67 St, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St.  Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Beach 67 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.

Queens-bound service to temporarily shut down at two Ozone Park subway stops for station improvements


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A $39 million project to revamp five Queens stations along the A line will shut down service at two Ozone Park stops for three months, the MTA said.

The project will renovate the 80 St-Hudson Street, 88 St-Boyd Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, 104 St-Oxford Avenue and 111 St-Greenwood Avenue stations.

Improvements at all five stations will include new lighting and artwork, better platforms, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, according to the MTA. There will also be the repair or replacement of the mezzanine leading the platform stairs, mezzanine floors, doors and windows, and interior and exterior walls. Additionally, each station will be painted, and canopies, windscreen panels and railings will be replaced.

During the work, the Queens-bound platforms at the 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations will be closed from May 12 to August 18. There will still be normal A service toward Manhattan.

Queens-bound customers traveling to 88th St-Boyd Avenue must ride to the Rockaway Blvd Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Customers wishing to ride towards Ozone Park Lefferts Boulevard or the Rockaways from 88 St-Boyd Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to 80 St-Hudson Street and transfer to a Queens-bound A train.  Normal service will be provided travelling towards Manhattan.

Queens-bound riders traveling to 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride to the 111 St-Greenwood Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Riders wishing to travel towards Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard from 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to Rockaway Boulevard and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard-bound A train.

Work will move over to the Manhattan-bound platforms at these 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations after this first phase of the project is completed is tentatively scheduled to begin in September.

Click here for up-to-date information on planned service changes.

 

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