By Kimberly Predham
Subway riders who travel on the No. 7 and the N lines on the weekends of Feb. 28 and March 8 should be prepared for major changes in their planned routes.
Due to construction, Manhattan-bound 7 trains will run from Main Street-Flushing to 74th Street-Broadway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
From there, customers can transfer to the E, F, N or R lines (Queens-bound N trains will run on the E, F, G and R lines to 71st Avenue-Forest Hills). Free shuttle buses will also operate between the 74th Street station and the 36th Street station on the G and R lines, stopping at or near 7 train stations up to 33rd Street-Rawson Street.
Returning from Manhattan, No. 7 trains will run between 61st Street-Woodside and Main Street in Flushing.
There will be no Manhattan-bound N line service between 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The MTA, however, will offer a free shuttle bus between 39th Avenue and the 36th Street station on the G and R lines. Riders can then transfer to the N and R lines or take the No. 7 line shuttle bus for the Vernon-Jackson, Hunters Point Avenue and 45th Road-Courthouse Square stations.
Free buses will also operate between Vernon-Jackson and the G and R line’s 36th Street station .
The MTA will use these two weekends to replace switches at the Queensboro Plaza station, repair tunnels and tracks between Times Square/42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza on the No. 7 line and fix lights and rail conditions in the 7 train Times Square station.
“This is a 100-year-old system,” said MTA spokesman James Anyansi. “We’re just trying to do things before they collapse completely.”