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Mocker: Adjust your ride for new service headaches

Posted at 11:04 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 23:14:02-05

Adjust your ride for subway shutdowns and prepare to do the underground shuffle. The MTA is expanding FASTRACK, its repair and maintenance program. Officials say the program, which started last year, saved millions of dollars and reduced litter and track fires.

The following lines will be closed down from 10 pm to 5 am for the following four consecutive nights:
N,Q,R south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street
Jan 28 – Feb 1, April 15 – April 19, June 6 – June 21, Sept 30 – October 4

A Line between 168th Street and 207th Street, in upper Manhattan
Feb 25 – mar 1, June 10 – June 14, Aug 26 – Aug 30, Nov 18 – Nov 22

D between 161st and 205th Streets
Jan 14 – Jan 18, April 8 – April 12, July 15 – July 19, Nov 4 – Nov 8

EFMR between 5th Av/53rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue
March 18 – March 22, June 3 – June 7, Aug 12 – Aug 16, Oct 14 – Oct 18

6 between 45th and 100th Streets
Mar 25 – Mar 29, Sept 9 – 13

4,5 between 45th and 100th Streets
May 20 – May 25, October 28 – Nov 11

These stations will shut down as well:
ABCD between 59th-Columbus Circle and 168th-Broadway and 161st -River Avenue
Sept 16 – Sept 20

J between Nassau Street-Broad Street-Essex St
April 1 – April 5

F between Jay St – Broadway Lafayette
Dec 2 – Dec 6

D, N, R in Brooklyn between 36th and 95th Streets D NR
May 6 – May 10

2 along Nostrand Avenue south of Franklin Avenue.
Jan 21 – jan 25

The MTA’s presentation can be found here http://www.mta.info/mta/news/books/docs/FasTrack2012Results%20_2013%20Plans.pdf

Also, the MTA has announced the 7 train will be shut down for 13 weekends beginning Dec 29, 2012 through the weekend of March 23, 2013. Shutdowns are limited during the baseball season and work must continue to install upgraded signals along the line. In a statement the MTA says : “the installation of the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system, scheduled for completion in late 2016, will improve reliability, enhance safety, reduce maintenance and increase line capacity and operational flexibility.  Fiber optic and computer equipment will be installed on the tracks along the entire line.  It should also be noted that we will take advantage of these scheduled outages to perform other necessary work such as; rebuilding duct banks; negative cable installation; track panel installation; tunnel and station chemical grouting. “