Overnight subway shutdowns surprise some riders

Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-19 15:21:05-04

Subway riders in Queens will have to find another way home at night this week. Fastrack, the MTA’s repair and maintenance program, comes to the E, F, M, and R trains. From 10p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings there is no E train between Roosevelt Avenue and World Trade Center. There is no F train between Roosevelt Avenue and 21 St-Queensbridge. The M and R trains will also operate on a different schedule.

On the M, aervice toward Manhattan from 71 Avenue and Myrtle Avenue ends at approximately 8:10 pm.m. Service from Manhattan toward 71 Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue ends around 8:40 p.m. The M shuttle service will run all nigth between Metropolitan and Myrtle.

On the R, aervice toward Manhattan from 71 Av and 36 St, Brooklyn ends at approximately 9:10 PM. Service from Manhattan toward 71 Avenue and 95 St ends at approximately 9:40 p.m. R shuttle service between 95 St and 36 St, Brooklyn runs all night.

Free shuttle buses run LOCAL between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St/Roosevelt Av, making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd, and 65 St. In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and 7, E, and F trains at 74 St/Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza.

Here’s how the MTA describes the work:  crews use the time “to inspect signals and switches, repair and replace track rails and cross ties, clean track floors, perform elevator and escalator repair work, repair water damage, clear drains, and clean stations, clear the track-bed of a significant amount of debris, and repaint areas untouched in years, because they are not reachable during normal train operation.”

Know the detour

Fastrack comes to Queens

Make sure you know about the overnight closures this week on the subway in Queens

Read what the MTA has to say here