Service Affected On 7, J, M Lines
Getting around western Queens and Brooklyn by rail this weekend figures to be a headache for commuters as MTA New York City Transit has scheduled service disruptions on portions of several subway lines serving the Times Newsweekly’s coverage area.
Weather permitting, track work will result in the loss of train service on the weekend M shuttle between Middle Village and Bushwick, the 7 line between Long Island City and Manhattan and the J line between Cypress Hills and Richmond Hill. There are also scheduled disruptions on the E and R lines running between Elmhurst and Long Island City which will cause certain local trains to operate express service.
Shuttle train service will not operate on the M line between Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Myrtle Avenue-Broadway in Bushwick beginning at 11:45 p.m. Friday night, Mar. 1, and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday morning, Mar. 4. Service will be suspended during this period as crews conduct work related to the ongoing “station renewal” projects at M train stations in Ridgewood and Bushwick.
According to the MTA, the last shuttle trains will leave the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue stations at approximately 11:43 p.m. Friday night. Thereafter, free shuttle buses will be provided and stop near closed M train stations.
Riders can transfer between the shuttle buses and the L train at Myrtle Wyckoff Avenues and the J train at Myrtle Avenue-Broadway.
The shuttle buses will stop at M train stations as follows:
– Metropolitan Avenue-at the Q54 bus stop on Metropolitan Avenue at Rentar Plaza;
– Fresh Pond Road-at the B20 bus stop on Putnam Avenue and Fresh Pond Road (to Myrtle Avenue- Broadway) or the Q58 bus stop on Fresh Pond Road at Putnam Avenue (to Metropolitan Avenue);
– Forest Avenue-at the B20 bus stop on Putnam Avenue at Fairview Avenue (to Myrtle Avenue-Broadway) or the Q58 bus stop on Fairview Avenue at Putnam Avenue (to Metropolitan Avenue);
– Seneca Avenue-at B38 bus stops on Seneca Avenue at Palmetto Street;
– Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues-at the B13 bus stop on Gates Avenue at Wyckoff Avenue (to Myrtle Avenue- Broadway) or the Q58 bus stop on Palmetto Street at Myrtle Avenue (to Metropolitan Avenue);
– Knickerbocker Avenue-at B54 bus stops on Myrtle Avenue at Knickerbocker Avenue;
– Central Avenue-on Myrtle Avenue at Cedar Street (to Myrtle Avenue Broadway) or the B54 bus stop on Myrtle Avenue at DeKalb Avenue (to Metropolitan Avenue); and
– Myrtle Avenue-Broadway-at the B46 bus stop on Broadway at Myrtle Avenue.
Additionally, J train service will be suspended between Crescent Street in Cypress Hills and Jamaica Center in Jamaica between 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 2, and 10 p.m. Sunday night. Shuttle buses will operate in place of the J train between Crescent Street and 121st Street, then connect with the E line at Jamaica-Van Wyck.
The 7 train between Queens and Manhattan will again be sidelined this weekend, with service suspended between Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City and Times Square-42nd Street. Trains will not operate between both points from 11:45 p.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday morning.
Service on the 7 line will be suspended every weekend in this manner through Mar. 25, according to the MTA.
Both Jamaica Center-bound E trains and Forest Hills-bound R trains will operate express service between Queens Plaza in Long Island City and Roosevelt Avenue in Elmhurst all this weekend, while Jamaica-bound F trains will run on the local M line between 47th-50th Streets in Manhattan and 21st Street-Queensbridge in Long Island City, then resume express service to Roosevelt Avenue, between 9:45 p.m. Friday night and 5 a.m. Monday.
For full details about the scheduled disruptions on the 7, E, F, J and R lines and alternate service options, see the Transit News and Changes column on Page 14. Updated information can be found online at www.mta.info or by calling 511.