Weekend Subway Forecast: Smooth Sailing Except For 1, 2, 5, 6, A, D, L, M, N, R, S Lines

Weekend Subway Forecast: Smooth Sailing Except For 1, 2, 5, 6, A, D, L, M, N, R, S Lines

It’s a day ending in y, which means the subway is currently experiencing some technical difficulties, such as being on fire. The planned work, however, will kick into hyperdrive over the weekend, as MTA crews descend on the system for track replacements and station enhancements and electrical upgrades loosely tied to the ever-nebulous Subway Action Plan. Things probably won’t get better anytime soon. But hey, you know what’s cool now? Taking the damn bus.

For those who do plan to brave the rails this weekend, your stultifying alphabet soup of advisories can be found below:

1 Train From 11: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, downtown trains will skip 137 St, 125 St, 116 St, 110 St, and 103 St due to electrical improvements. As an alternative, use an uptown 1 train to complete your trip.  Transfer at 96 St, 145 St, or 181 St.    

Through early 2020, trains skip 168 St in both directions due to elevator replacement work.  For alternate service take the AC at/to this station. Transfer between 1 and A trains at 59 St-Columbus Circle.  A free out-of-system transfer with a MetroCard is available between the 207 St or 215 St  and 207 St .

2 Train: From 3: 45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Wakefield-241 St and Gun Hill Rd due to track and switch maintenance near 238 St.  2 trains will run between Gun Hill Rd and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.  Free shuttle buses will make all 2 line station stops between Gun Hill Rd and Wakefield-241 St. Transfer between buses and 2 trains at Gun Hill Rd.   

5 Train: At all times through February 2020, Manhattan-bound trains will skip Gun Hill Rd due to ongoing station rehabilitation work. Through October 2019, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound trains are skipping Sterling St due to station rehabilitation work.  For service to Sterling St, take a 2/5 train to Winthrop St and transfer to a Manhattan-bound 2/5.  Or, use nearby Winthrop St or President St stations.  For service from this station, take a 2/5 train to President St and transfer to a Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 or 5 train.      

6 Train: From 11: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, free shuttle buses will replace trains between 125 St and 3 Av-138 St due to track maintenance. 6 service will run in two sections: between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and 15 St, and between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Pk.  Buses will run between 15 St and 3 Av-138 St.  Transfer at 125 St and/or 3 Av-138 St. 

From 11: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, uptown trains will skip Brook Av, Cypress Av, E 143 St, E 149 St, and Longwood Av due to track maintenance.  As an alternative use a downtown 6 train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Hunts Point Av or 3 Av-138 St. 

A Train: From 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, trains will stop at 50 St, 23 St and Spring St in both directions due to flood mitigation work at Spring St. 

D Train: From 10: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains will run via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av due to track maintenance.  As an alternative, use a Manhattan-bound D or N train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Coney Island-Stillwell Av, 62 St-New Utrecht Av, or 36 St.  As a reminder, Manhattan-bound N trains will run via the D line from Stillwell Av to 36 St during this time.

Manhattan-bound trains will also run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr due to track replacement.  As an alternative, use a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D/N local or Bay Ridge-bound R train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr or 36 St.

E/F Trains: From 12: 01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, trains will run local in both directions in Queens due to ongoing signal modernization work along Queens Boulevard. 

L Trains: From 8 p.m. to 11: 15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, train will run every 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and every 10 minutes within Brooklyn.  The alternate service options include: 

  • Enhanced subway service on G, M, and 7 lines including extended M
  • Enhanced bus service on M14A SBS route.
  • Free subway transfers to make connections easier between Livonia St L and Junius St 3 , and from Broadway  G to Hewes St J/M or Lorimer St J/M .

From approximately 11: 15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Broadway Junction and Lorimer St due to station improvements and electrical work.  The L Project is made up of multiple projects, including tunnel rehabilitation, capacity and accessibility improvements and additional capital projects.

This weekend’s alternate service options include: 

  • L trains will run in two sections: between Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy and Broadway Junction (every 10 minutes, days/evenings, and every 20 minutes overnight), and between Lorimer St and 8 Av every 20 minutes.     
  • Special weekend M service will run to/from the 96 St Q line station with greater frequency.
  • Free shuttle buses will run along two routes: between Lorimer St and Myrtle Av, and between Myrtle Av and Broadway Junction.
  • Transfer between trains and buses at Lorimer St and/or Broadway Junction. Consider A/C/J to/from Broadway Junction, or the M to/from Myrtle-Wycoff Avs.

M Train: Through summer 2020, service ends at approximately 10 p.m. between Forest Hills-71 Av and 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr due to ongoing signal modernization work along the Queens Boulevard corridor.  For Queens, take the R.  For Court Sq-23 St, Lexington Av-53 St, and 5 Av/53 St, take the E.  Transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq M/R or W 4 St E/M.  As a reminder, this weekend, E trains will run via the F line in both directions between 36 St and 2 Av, the last stop.  

N Train: Beginning 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, trains will run local in both directions between Canal St and Times Sq-42 St, last stop.

From 10: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Manhattan-bound trains will run via the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St due to station rehabilitation work.  As an alternative, use a Coney Island-bound D or N train to complete your trip. Transfer at 36 St, New Utrecht Av-62 St, or Stillwell Av.  For 59 St, 53 St, and 45 St, take the R or a Coney Island-bound N via transfer at 36 St.  Coney Island-bound D trains will run via the N line from 36 St to Stillwell Av during this time.

From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, trains will run via the R (Montague Tube) in both directions between DeKalb Av and Canal St.

From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound trains will stop at 45 St and 53 St due to station improvements.

From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 7/Q trains will replace N service between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza due to signal improvements. N trains will run between Stillwell Av and Times Sq.  For service between Queens and Manhattan, take the 7 via transfer between trains at Times Square-42 St.  To/from 49 St and 57 St-7 Av, take the Q to/from 5 Av/59 St and Lexington Av/59 St, use nearby via transfer with the 4/5/6 at Grand Central or N at Union Sq.  Free shuttle buses will run between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd. 

From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, free shuttle buses will replace trains between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza due to station renewal. N trains will run between Stillwell Av and Times Sq-42 St.  Free shuttle buses will make all N line station stops between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.  Some buses departing Ditmars Blvd will run express to Queensboro Plaza.  Transfer between 7 trains and buses at Queensboro Plaza.  

Through December 2019, trains skip Astoria Blvd in both directions due to station renewal work to add four new elevators and other accessibility features, as well as demolish and rebuild the station mezzanine with more vertical clearance to over-height vehicles traveling below the station structure.  As an alternative, use nearby stations use nearby stations at 30 Av or Ditmars Blvd.  Take N/W to Queensboro Plaza, then 7 to 74 St-Roosevelt Av, or take the E/F/R to 74 St-Roosevelt Av.  As a reminder,  trains operate days/evenings only, and M/W trains do not run overnight or on the weekend.  M60 SBS customers are advised to use the LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS instead.  The LaGuardia Link Q70 SBS serves the 74 St-Roosevelt Av station.

R Trains: From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to 12: 30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and from 6 a.m. to 11: 45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, trains will run via the D line between DeKalb Av and 47-50 Sts (stopping at 14 St and 23 St), and via the E line between 5 Av-53 St and Queens Plaza due to signal improvements. N trains will make all R line station stops between DeKalb Av and Times Sq-42 St. Q trains will make all R line station stops between Canal St and 57 St-7 Av.  Transfer between N/Q/R trains at DeKalb Av or 34 St-Herals Sq.  To/from 5 Av/59 St, use nearby 5 Av/53 St or 59 St 6.  To/from Lexington Av/59 St, take the 6.  Or, use nearby Lexington Av/53 St.

From 10: 45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to Monday, Oct. 7, Manhattan-bound trains will run express from 36 St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr due to track replacement.  As an alternative, use a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D/N local or Bay Ridge-bound R train to complete your trip.  Transfer at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr or 36 St.  

42nd Street Shuttle: Through 2020, shuttles will run less frequently, and some tracks will be periodically taken out of service due to rehabilitation work. As an alternative, take the 7 between Grand Central-42 St and Times Sq-42 St.  Customers at Times Sq-42 St, who usually take the shuttle to the 4/5/6, can take the N/Q/R to 14 St-Union Sq or N/R to Lexington Av-59 St instead. 

Good luck out there!!!!

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