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MTA Labor Day weekend service


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Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

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

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

New York City Subways and Buses

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

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

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

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway (SIR) customers will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Friday, Aug. 29, with Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. SIR will operate on a Sunday Schedule on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

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

 

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Another round of snow, plus sleet, freezing rain target city


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Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Updated 3:35 p.m.

For the second time this week, the city is experiencing a bout of nasty winter weather.

After a Monday storm dropped eight inches of flakes in the borough, a system that hit late Tuesday night brought snow as well as sleet and freezing rain.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning, saying that localities in New York City and on Long Island have reported salt shortages. He said that 3,500 tons of the state’s supply of salt will be sent to those communities.

To expedite the salt deliveries, Cuomo said the DOT has waived federal restrictions on hours for salt truck drivers, and the MTA has waived weight restrictions on bridges.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, however, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has the salt resources for this storm and for the next storm as it is projected.

De Blasio said the city is experiencing a blood shortage and encouraged New Yorkers to donate by calling 800-933-Blood or visiting www.nybloodcenter.org. He said he is planning to donate blood.

At the press conference he applauded city agencies’ response to the recent winter storms as well as New Yorkers’ toughness.

“This is a city that is no stranger to adversary,” the mayor said.

“Nobody likes days like today, but nobody handles days like today better than New Yorkers,” he added.

winter storm warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday, with three to five inches of snow predicted as well as about one quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The snow, which started Tuesday night, changed over to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain by early Wednesday morning and eventually to just freezing rain. NWS reported 4 inches of snow in Central Park by 5 a.m. and 2.4 inches at LaGuardia Airport by 7:00 a.m.

The precipitation should taper off by tonight. Highs Wednesday will be in the low 30s.

Alternate side parking is suspended on Wednesday and Thursday to facilitate snow removal, but meters will still be in effect. Gar

The Department of Sanitation issued a ‘snow alert’ starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday and will be deploying its snow fighting equipment as needed.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Garbage and recycling collection is canceled Wednesday, but should begin tomorrow.

A “hazardous travel advisory” is also in effect for the area Wednesday, the New York City Office of Emergency Management said.

At 8 a.m. Cuomo announced a ban on both commercial and passenger vehicles on Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders, but lifted it by 2:20 p.m.

The mayor warned urged city residents Wednesday to use mass transit when possible and to leave extra travel time.

During the evening rush hour, the city’s subways and Long Island Rail Road will operate on normal schedules, the MTA said.

Buses will run at 85 to 90 percent capacity, but some detours, delays and suspensions are possible on a route-by-route basis.

As the rush hour winds down, subways will be stored underground on express tracks, and, as a result, express service on portions of some lines will be curtailed after rush hour, the MTA said. Subway customers should anticipate some weather-related delays

Fastrack maintenance has been canceled on the A and C lines in Brooklyn for the rest of the week.

The Metro-North Railroad will operate 75 percent of its normal evening rush hour schedule across all lines, and some local and express trains will be combined and will make additional stops, the MTA said.

Beginning at 9 p.m., Metro-North will go to hourly service for the remainder of the day.  On Thursday morning, it should operate at normal AM peak service.

The storm is causing few disruptions for the city’s public schools. Chancellor Carmen Farina announced early this morning that schools are open Wednesday. All field trips are canceled, but after-school activities and PSAL activties are continuing as scheduled.

Farina said, as of about 11:30 a.m., schools were reporting 60 percent attendance.

“We knew today that we could operate them safely and effectively,” de Blasio said about the decision to keep schools open.

But students could get another chance for a snow day on Monday. More snow is expected on Sunday.

Despite the constant storms, however, not everyone is tired of the weather.

“This is how winter weather is supposed to be. For me, it beats the heat and humidity, Jackson Heights resident Kimberly Rene Oser said.

I love this year’s weather. It’s winter, said Monika Slominska. “The only minus is, I have no driveway, therefore it’s difficult to find a parking spot with all the snow around.

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Storm slams city, dumps almost a foot of snow


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The second major storm of the month hit the city Tuesday leaving almost a foot of snow and bringing a blast of bitter cold that will last for several days.

Snowfall escalated around rush hour Tuesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, but “the men and women of sanitation who work for this city intensified their efforts” to clear the streets.

“This storm was challenging in its size and intensity but the people who work for the City of New York rose to the occasion,” he said as he updated the city Wednesday morning.

In some areas of the city, snow accumulated to 11.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Although the snow has tapered, freezing temperatures are still expected throughout the night. Temperature highs will remain in the teens, but feel as low as below zero with the wind chill.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday and warned motorists to drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and have the name and number of at least one local towing service.

Alternate side parking is suspended Wednesday and Thursday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect. To track the progress of Department of Sanitation clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Trash and recycling pickups are also suspended for Wednesday.

Express subway service was restored Wednesday morning and buses were running at 80 to 90 percent of normal levels, de Blasio said. Those levels, he said, would increase throughout the day.

Fastrack work on the E,F,M,R Queens Blvd. Line has been canceled for the remainder of the week to free up personnel for snow fighting and cleanup after the storm.

On Wednesday, Metro-North is operating at 80 to 85 percent of its normal weekday service, with some trains combined and some delays possible based on the condition of track and power systems. The LIRR is operating on a weekend schedule.

 

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MTA service changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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On Monday, Jan. 20, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, there will be the following MTA service changes, according to the transit agency.

New York City Subway, Buses and Staten Island Railway

On Monday, Jan. 20, the city’s subway and Staten Island Railway will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

The city’s buses will operate on a weekday schedule with minor timing changes except for Staten Island, where Limited Stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes. All Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

Long Island Rail Road

LIRR will operate on a holiday schedule with 32 extra trains to and from Penn Station. Off peak fares will be in effect all day. Because it is a holiday schedule, there will be no service on the West Hempstead Branch and no service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport.

The departure and arrival times of the extra trains can be found in current LIRR branch timetables under the columns marked “Note M.” The timetables can also be found on the MTA LIRR web site.

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule with 36 additional trains as indicated in the current Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Line timetables. Off peak fares apply all day.

Extra New York City-bound trains during the morning and northbound in the late afternoon will be provided.

There are 15 extra trains on the New Haven Line, nine inbound and six outbound.  There are three extra Hudson Line trains, two inbound and one outbound, and 14 extra Harlem Line trains, seven in each direction.

Special Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday timetables listing all trains are posted online at the Metro-North’s schedules page.

All additional trains will be included in Metro-North Train Time™ app for iPhone and Android as well as on the CooCoo text messaging service.

The uptown exits of Grand Central North will be closed all day.

 

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Weekend subway service changes


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Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on several 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.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue in both directions due to station renewal work.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 17 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Brooklyn Bridge-bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station work and platform demolition work at Castle Hill Avenue and Middletown Road stations.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Brooklyn-bound A trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to W 4 St due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, Brooklyn-bound C trains are rerouted on the F line in Manhattan and Brooklyn between W 4St and Jay St-MetroTech due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Queens-bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av due to track tie renewal north of Queens Plaza.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, January 17, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Queens-bound F trains run on the M line from 47-50 Sts to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, G  trains run every 20 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, due to Fix and Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube.  The last stop for some trains headed towards Court Sq is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.  To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to a Court Sq-bound G train.

J

From 12:45 a.m. Saturday, January 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, J trains are suspended between Essex St and Chambers St in both directions due to cable work south of Bowery.  For service to/from Bowery, Canal St, and Chambers St, use 4 or 6 trains at nearby stations. F trains provide connecting service via Bleecker St/ B’way-Lafayette St and Delancey-Essex Sts.

L

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, L trains run every 24 minutes between Rockaway Pkwy and Broadway Junction due to track repairs south of E105 St.  L service operates in two sections between 8 Av and Broadway Junction, and between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy.  To continue your trip, transfer at Broadway Junction.

N

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, Ditmars Blvd-bound N  trains are rerouted on the D  (express) from Stillwell Av to 36 St in Brooklyn due to design survey work near 20 Ave.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, Q trains are suspended in both directions between 57 St-7 Av and Parkside Av due to switch renewal north of Coney Island- Stillwell Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Parkside Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.  For service to Manhattan, take a D F or N train from Stillwell Av.  For service to Brooklyn, take either a D F or N train at 34 St-Herald Sq or a D N train at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

R

From 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, Queens-bound R train service is extended to Jamaica 179 St on the F line due to signal modernization work at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens.

R

From 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av due to track renewal work north of Queens Plaza.

N/ R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there is 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.

Weekend subway service changes


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Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

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

4

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, January 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 4 trains are suspended between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Woodlawn due to track maintenance and track panel installation between 149 St-Grand Concourse and 161Street-Yankee Stadium. 4 trains operate between Utica Ave/New Lots Av and 149 St-Grand Concourse.  Customers are advised to use crosstown buses to access nearby D stations.  Free shuttle buses operate in two sections:

· Between 149 St-Grand Concourse and 161 St Yankee-Stadium and

· Between Woodlawn and the Bedford Park Boulevard D station.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue in both directions due to station renewal work.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 10 to 4:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Brooklyn Bridge-bound trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester due to station work and platform demolition work at Castle Hill Avenue and Middletown Road stations.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Brooklyn-bound A  trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

A

From 5:30 p.m. Saturday, January 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, A trains are suspended between Howard Beach and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue due to the installation of third rail heaters between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and Aqueduct, and for maintenance on the North Channel Bridge.  Free shuttle buses operate in two segments.

· Non-stop between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and Far Rockaway via Nassau Expressway

· Between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and Rockaway Park, stopping at Broad Channel.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, D  trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Herald Sq and W4 St due to switch repairs south of 14 Street.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, and from

12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Ave due to track tie renewal north of Queens Plaza.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 10, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Manhattan-bound E trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Ave due to signal modernization at Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, January 10, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Queens-bound F trains run on the M line from 47-50 Sts to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 10, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Brooklyn-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd and 75 Av due to signal cable installation.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 10, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, Brooklyn-bound F  trains are rerouted via the A  line from W4 St to Jay St-MetroTech due to structural survey work in the Rutgers Tunnel.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, G trains run every 20 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, due to Fix and Fortify Sandy Recovery Work in the Greenpoint Tube.

N

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, Coney Island-bound trains are rerouted via the D line from 36th St to Coney Island Stillwell Av, due to design survey work near    20 Ave.

R

From 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave due to track tie renewal north of Queens Plaza.

S (Rockaway Shuttle)

From 5:30 p.m. Saturday, January 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, Rockaway Park Shuttle trains run between Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway due to the installation of third rail heaters between Howard Beach and Aqueduct, and for maintenance on the North Channel Bridge. Free shuttle buses operate between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and Rockaway Park, stopping at Broad Channel.

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.

Weekend subway service changes


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Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on several 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.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue in both directions due to station renewal work.

A

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, A trains are suspended between Broad Channel and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue due to track panel replacement. Far Rockaway-bound A trains are rerouted to Rockaway Park. Free shuttle buses operate between Beach 90th Street and Far Rockaway.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, D trains operate in two sections between Stillwell Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard, and between Bedford Park Blvd and 205th Street due to track maintenance north of Bedford Park Boulevard.

E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, E trains are rerouted on the F line in Manhattan and Queens between Roosevelt Ave and W 4 St, due to electrical work. Free shuttle buses operate between Court Square-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge.

S (Rockaway Shuttle)

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, Rockaway Park Shuttle trains are suspended and replaced by A train service due to panel installation.

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.

Weekend subway service changes


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Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on several 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.

5

At all times until Monday, December 23, 5 trains will bypass Pelham Parkway station in both directions due to asbestos abatement work.   Free shuttle buses operate between Pelham Parkway and Morris Park stations.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue in both directions due to station renewal work.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, December 20 to 4 a.m. Monday, December 23, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park due to platform demolition and thru span work at Castle Hill Avenue and Middletown Road.

A

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 23, A trains are suspended between Broad Channel and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue due to track panel replacement. Far Rockaway-bound A trains are rerouted to Rockaway Park.  Free shuttle buses operate between Beach 90th Street and Far Rockaway.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 23, D trains operate in two sections between Stillwell Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard, and between Bedford Park Blvd and 205th Street due to track maintenance north of Bedford Park Boulevard.

E

From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, E train customers traveling to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd-JFK AirTrain, and Jamaica Center should note that some E trains travelling from Manhattan are rerouted to the 179th St. F station.

J

From 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, J trains are suspended between Crescent and Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer in both directions due to track maintenance north of Cypress Hills.  Free shuttle buses operate between Crescent Street and Jamaica-Van Wyck, where service to/from Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer is available.

S (Rockaway Shuttle)

From 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, December 23, Rockaway Park Shuttle trains are suspended and replaced by A train service due to panel installation.

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.