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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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Subway problems continue to plague Queens riders after 7 train service returns


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Ice buildup on the third rail along the No. 7 line.

Updated 12:19 p.m.

Service on the No. 7 train between Queens and Manhattan was back by the Tuesday morning commute, but subway problems continued to disrupt straphangers in the borough.

After ice built up on the third rail and a train lost power near Queensboro Plaza at about 9:30 a.m. on Monday, suspending service for most of the day, limited service on the No. 7 line returned early the next day between Times Square and Flushing Main Street.

Though the service was back, the MTA said it was limited and for commuters to expect delays and crowding, suggesting a transfer at 74 St-Broadway for E, F, M and R service into Manhattan, if possible. 

But there was more frustration for riders when at about 10 a.m. service was suspended on the N, Q and R trains between Queens Plaza/Queensboro Plaza and 57 St-7 Ave, which was reportedly due to a smoke condition at Lexington-59th St. About an hour later, northbound R trains were running, but on the F line from 57 St to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Avenue. Service and all three lines didn’t fully return until almost two hours later.

The Queens Courier staff member and Astoria resident Katrina Medoff, who normally takes the No. 7 train to Flushing and transfers to the LIRR to get to the publication’s Bayside office, decided to take the LIRR from Penn Station. But in avoiding possible delays on one line, she encountered serious delays on the Manhattan-bound E, F, M and R trains she need to get to Penn.

The whole process took her almost two hours, instead of the normal one-hour commute.

Tuesday’s continuing service disruptions follow Monday’s massive suspension on the No. 7 train that left riders stuck on the subway for several hours.

The stalled train that got stuck near Queensboro Plaza had to be pulled back into the station by another train after riders were stranded for about two hours. Four more trains that were stopped between stations had to head back to the 61st-Woodside stop.

About 30 minutes before the train stalled, an umbrella was dropped on the third rail at 52nd Street and caught fire, rerouting service from the express tracks for about 40 minutes. An MTA spokeswoman could not confirm if the umbrella ultimately led to the ice buildup and power loss of the other train.

Suspensions continued throughout Monday as the tracks had to be de-iced, forcing riders to take shuttle buses provided by the MTA and other trains as alternatives. By the late afternoon shuttle train service returned between Flushing-Main St and 74 St-Broadway.

For service updates, visit www.mta.info,

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7 train suspended following ice on third rail


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Updated 4:36 p.m.

Icy conditions were causing headaches for more than just drivers in Queens on Monday.

Service was suspended on the No. 7 train in both directions beginning that morning after ice built up on the third rail and a train lost power, according to an MTA spokeswoman.

The stalled train, which got stuck near Queensboro Plaza about 9:30 a.m., had to be pulled back into the station by another train after riders were stuck for about two hours. Four more trains that were stopped between stations had to head back to the 61st-Woodside stop.

“Would love to take an alternate train but I’m stuck on the train for an hour now in between stops,” Dmytro Fedkowskyj said, expressing his frustration through The Courier’s Facebook page.

Before the train stalled an umbrella was dropped on the third rail at 52nd Street 30 minutes earlier and caught fire.

Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said at a storm update Monday afternoon that the dropped umbrella led to suspensions. Because trains were not running, ice built up on the rails.

But an MTA spokeswoman could not confirm that the incidents were related and said after the umbrella fell on the tracks local service was rerouted to the express tracks, but returned to normal by 9:40 a.m.

There is no word yet on when service will be restored, but according to the MTA, the rails must be de-iced before trains can run again.

There is currently shuttle train service between Flushing-Main St and 74 St-Broadway in both directions.

The MTA is providing shuttle buses between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and 74 St-Broadway in both directions, and the Long Island Rail Road is cross honoring at the following stations: Flushing, Mets-Willets Point, Woodside, Hunters Point and Penn Station

The line of commuters waiting for buses in Flushing was three blocks long, according to the 109th Precinct, which tweeted photos of the riders waiting in the freezing rain.

As an alternate the MTA is also advising riders to use E, F, R , N and Q train service or Q60 and/or Q32 bus service.

For service updates, visit www.mta.info,

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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, January 30, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1, 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, January 30, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1, 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, January 30, to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1, 4 service is extended to/from New Lots Av. 4 trains will run local in Brooklyn.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, February 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4  trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

5

From 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 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 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, January 30, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6  trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, February 2, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Use E F N Q 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, January 31, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 1.

A

At all times until 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

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

From 88 St, take a Far Rockaway-Mott Av or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Brooklyn-bound A trains are rerouted via the F line from W4 St-Wash Sq to Jay St-MetroTech.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Queens-bound A trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to W4 St-Wash Sq.

A

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run local from Canal St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 31, and Sunday, February 1, Euclid Av-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from W4 St-Wash Sq to Jay St-MetroTech. C trains run every 15 minutes. Allow additional travel time.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, 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.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2 World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Saturday, January 31; from 10:45 p.m. Saturday, January 31 to 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1; and from 10:45 p.m. Sunday, February 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to 71 Av.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, January 30, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr.

F

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue P and Bay Pkwy.

L

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, 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, January 31, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

R

From 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, January 31 and from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February, 1, 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, January 31, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Kew Gardens Hills residents enraged over city proposal to create new express bus service


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Addressing a crowd of angry Kew Gardens Hills residents, Councilman Rory Lancman urged the group to “express yourselves in a respectful manner” on Wednesday night as MTA and city officials met with residents who would be affected by a proposed express bus service line.

The new express line, known as Select Bus Service, would run between Flushing and Jamaica.

But residents had their own ideas on how to express themselves during the city workshop that was held at Townsend Harris High School.

“You are wrecking our neighborhoods,” one woman said as a gaggle of scowling women surrounded a city official. “You’re all morons. We do not want this.”

City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg also attended the meeting.

The city is considering two routes between the neighborhoods for SBS. The first would travel along Main Street where the Q44 and Q20A/B run. This route was the source of contention for residents. City officials and representatives from the MTA held the meeting to collect feedback from people who would be directly affected by any changes to create a new express bus.

The second route under consideration is along Parsons and Kissena boulevards, currently serviced by the Q25 and Q34.

Members of the community were worried that the city would sacrifice a traffic lane on Main Street to create a dedicated bus lane for a Select Bus Service line. Many saw the city trampling over the needs of the residential neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills to solve traffic problems in Jamaica and Flushing.

“There [are] no traffic problems in this neighborhood,” said David Deutsch, who lives and works in the area. “There may be a problem in Flushing and Jamaica, but that has nothing to do with here.”

But Sheldon Goodridge disagreed. Standing apart from the angry crowds, he said that most people, like Deutsch, are criticizing the plan even though they don’t use buses to commute.

“Sometimes I wait so long that I have to take a risk and use the dollar vans, and that’s a very harrowing ride,” Goodridge said. But when the buses actually come he takes the Q44 on Main Street and 58th Avenue to the No. 7 train in Flushing for his morning commute to work.

“Having a bus lane would cut down on my commute,” Goodridge said. “We should emulate what Manhattan has.”

Mark Henry, the president of a transit union representing bus workers in the areas between, and including, Flushing and Jamaica, attended the workshop and was unimpressed by the city’s proposal.

“They make it very attractive. Give it a world view. And talk about how other transit agencies across the world do similar things,” Henry said and then pointed out that adding another bus to a street that already has a bus wouldn’t help. “But we see it as a duplication of the service that’s already there. This SBS line will be redundant. It already exists.”

With over 25 years of experience as a bus driver in the city, Henry said that the city should create new bus lines in areas that don’t have buses. And that many of these new lines should run in areas where there are no trains, like routes between Bayside and Rockaway or from Rosedale to Queens College.

“As bus drivers we feel that we are part of the community and we want to help people,” said Henry. “And the SBS is going to bypass the community.”

In Queens, the city has been slowly moving toward creating SBS along Woodhaven Boulevard, and routes between Jamaica and Flushing are in the early stages of planning.

The city hasn’t released any official plans on what will ultimately be done, so residents and elected officials like Lancman are hoping to dissuade the city from implementing dedicated bus lanes in Kew Gardens Hills and other neighborhoods that are sandwiched between the busy downtown areas of Flushing and Jamaica. Lancman also sent a letter to the Department of Transportation opposing any proposals that would include a bus lane.

During the workshop at Townsend High School, Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz suggested that many of the elements of Select Bus Service are useful. They approved of time-saving ideas like coordinated traffic lights and installing kiosks at bus stops so that people could buy MetroCards instead of fumbling with money as they step onto the bus.

But, Lancman added, “We do not want to see this happen if they’re going to insist on a bus lane.”

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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, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, South Ferry-bound 1 trains run express from 145 St to 96 St.

For Service to 137 St, 125 St, 116 St, 110 St, and 103 St, take a South Ferry-bound 1 to 96 St and transfer to a Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1

For Service From these stations, take a Van Cortlandt Park-242 St-bound 1 to 145 St or 168 St and transfer to a South Ferry-bound 1

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26 4 service operates in two sections. To continue your trip, transfer at 125 St.

Between Woodlawn and 125 St.

Between 125 St and Crown Hts-Utica Av/New Lots Av.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains skip 138 St-Grand Concourse.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 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 February 2015 6 trains skip Zerega Av and Buhre Av in both directions.

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

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

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between Parkchester and Pelham Bay Park. The last stop for some trains headed toward Pelham Bay Park is Parkchester. To continue your trip, transfer at Parkchester for a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, January 26, 7 trains are suspended between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza. Use E F N Q 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, January 24, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25.

7

From 2:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24 to 4:30 a.m. Monday, January 26, Flushing-Main St bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St-Broadway.

A

At all times until February 2015, Inwood-207 St bound A trains skip 104 St and 88 St.

For Service To/From 104 St: To 104 St, take a Brooklyn-bound A  train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A . From 104 St, take an Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd-bound A train to 111 St or Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A

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

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, January 25, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, Queens-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, January 24, and Sunday, January 25, 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 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 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.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, E trains are suspended in both directions between Jamaica Center Parsons-Archer and Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd. Free shuttle buses operate between Jamaica Center and Union Tpke, stopping at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Jamaica-Van Wyck, and Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd. Transfer between E trains and free shuttle buses at Union Tpke or Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd. For additional connections between Manhattan and Jamaica Center, consider the A and J  via a transfer at Broadway Junction.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St.

F

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, January 23, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts/Rock Ctr.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.

L

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 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, January 24, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, Q service is extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

S 42 St Shuttle

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 24, to 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, the 42 St S Shuttle operates overnight.

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Goldfeder’s push for backup generators on the Marine Park Bridge prevails


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The MTA announced that they have installed on-site backup generators at the Marine Park Bridge after a recent power outage shut the bridge down for hours.

“Installing generators at the Marine Parkway Bridge comes as a great relief to the thousands of families who rely on the bridge every day to travel to work or school,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “I want to thank Chairman Prendergast and the MTA for their swift action to ensure that the bridge will be powered at all times.”

On Nov. 29, one of the two electrical feeder cables at the bridge was damaged, which led to a power outage. The outage lasted for six hours and prevented thousands of motorists from crossing. Goldfeder wrote letters to the MTA and Con Edison shortly after asking for backup generators just in case something similar happens again.

After multiple efforts, Goldfeder was notified last week that the backup generators had finally been installed at the bridge in the hope of preventing another shutdown due to the loss of power.

The Marine Parkway Bridge links the west end of the Rockaway Peninsula to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. It is one of the three access points to the Rockaways, together with the Cross Bay Bridge and the Nassau Expressway.

In 2012, the bridge served as the primary evacuation route for tens of thousands of families in the days leading up to Superstorm Sandy. The bridge carries 23,000 vehicles daily, with traffic doubling during the busy summer months, according to the MTA.

“The lesson we learned from Sandy is that we need to be prepared,” said Goldfeder. “This includes ensuring our vital infrastructure is up to the challenge at all times.”

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MTA approves fare hikes  


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ECLEEN CARABALLO

Another year, another fare hike.

The MTA’s board voted to approve fare increases on Thursday, raising the cost of a MetroCard ride from $2.50 to $2.75 beginning on March 22, according to the transit agency.

Single ride tickets will also increase, from $2.75 to $3.00. Monthly MetroCards will go from $112 to $116.50, express bus fare will increase from $6.00 to $6.50, seven-day express bus MetroCards will go from $55 to $57.25, and Access-A-Ride fares will increase from $2.50 to $2.75. But the bonus on Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard will go from 5 to 11 percent and increase the purchase threshold from $5 to $5.50.

Most Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad rider will see fares increase 4.25 percent or less, according to the MTA.

Tolls were also reportedly discussed and board members agreed to keep toll increases lower for E-ZPass users, as opposed to those who use cash. They are expected to increase by about 4 percent for E-ZPass users, and 6 percent for cash paying customers.

When the subway opened in 1904, it took an additional 44 years for the fare to be doubled from 5 cents to a grand total of 10 cents, reports said. Since 1995, when the fare was at $1.50, the MTA has almost doubled the cost of a subway or bus ride within a mere 20 years.

Last March, fare hikes raised the cost of a MetroCard ride by 25 cents. The transit agency also introduced a “New Card Fee,” where riders pay $1 each time they buy a new MetroCard.

“The MTA has been able to limit these fare and toll increases to the equivalent of 2 percent a year thanks to our continued aggressive cost-cutting, while still adding service and improving service quality for our growing number of customers,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast. “Our financial plan assumes modest biennial fare and toll increases, and the board has chosen options with lower increases for our most frequent customers.”

The agency also said it has cut over $1 billion from its annual spending and has plans to make cuts every year to bring its annual savings to $1.6 billion by 2018.

But John Raskin, executive director of transit advocacy group Riders Alliance, said in a statement that “the real scandal may be yet to come,” if Albany doesn’t step in to help stop the continuing fare increases. 

“If Governor Cuomo and members of the legislature don’t decide on new revenue sources to fund the MTA’s five-year capital plan, larger fare increases are lurking around the corner,” he said. “Paying for public transit with fare hikes is a regressive way to fund a public service that the entire region relies on. We urge Governor Cuomo and the legislature to act quickly to fund the next MTA Capital Plan, instead of passing on the cost to overburdened riders.”

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MTA to lift 7 train weekend suspensions for Lunar New Year


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Flushing will usher in the Year of the Sheep without any obstacles from weekend shutdowns of No. 7 subway service, thanks to pressure from local elected officials.

The MTA has announced that it will forego weekend service disruptions during the week of and week before the Lunar New Year. It’s the first time in the MTA’s years-long winter construction that the No. 7 train will run uninterrupted during Lunar New Year.

The two weekends are Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22. The first weekend is to accommodate people who travel to Flushing for holiday preparations and shopping. Lunar New Year follows on Feb. 22.

“While I understand the immense scale of overhauling the entire No. 7 line, I want to applaud the MTA for heeding the concerns of the Asian-American community and planning construction around the Lunar New Year holiday,” Senator Toby Stavisky said. “They’re sending a message that keeping this line open without interruption for this holiday is just as important as transporting fans to a Mets game or the U.S. Open.”

Stavisky was joined in the effort to persuade the MTA to change its weekend service schedule by Assemblyman Ron Kim and City Councilman Peter Koo.

“Flushing is known worldwide for its Lunar New Year celebrations and brings people far and wide to New York City every year,” Kim said. “The 7 train is essential for all those traveling to Flushing, and the Main Street hub is one of the busiest in New York City.  I hope that the MTA will continue to keep this tradition throughout the rest of the 7 line construction in the next few years.”

 “It is vital to many that the 7 line run at full capacity,” Koo said. “Families and friends can come together and celebrate without having to worry how they will get to their destination. And our local small businesses, many who rely on the holiday to boost sales, won’t lose customers due to any service disruptions.”

The MTA is in the midst of a $550 million capital project to upgrade the No. 7 line’s signal system to a state-of-the-art communications-based train control system. The project, which has been underway for several years, requiring the seasonal weekend disruptions, is set to be done in 2017.

Weekend disruptions in service began this month and will continue into May, with the exception of the two February weekends.

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