Transit News and Updates

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The information in this column is current as of Wednesday, Mar. 12. Last minute changes to service and operating schedules may be made at any time after publication. Check www.mta.info for schedule changes.

Weekend Disruptions Continue On 7 Line

Due to scheduled maintenance, 7 train service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street will be suspended this weekend, from 2 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 15, until 5 a.m. Monday, Mar. 17; and from 11 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 18.

During these periods, 7 trains will only operate between Queensboro Plaza and Main Street-Flushing.

As alternate service this weekend, the Q train will operate between 57th Street in Manhattan and Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For service between Queens and Manhattan, transfer to the N or Q trains at Queensboro Plaza or Times Square-42nd Street or the E or F trains at 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue.

Free shuttle buses will replace 7 trains in Long Island City between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue. These buses will stop at Queens Plaza for elevator access to the E or R trains.

The shuttle buses will stop at 7 train stations as follows:

– Queensboro Plaza-on 27th Street at Queens Plaza South;

– Queens Plaza-on Jackson Avenue at Orchard Avenue;

– Court Square-23rd Street-on Jackson Avenue at 45th Avenue (to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue) or at Thomson Avenue (to Queensboro Plaza);

– Hunters Point Avenue-on 21st Street at 49th Avenue;

– Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue-on Vernon Boulevard at 50th Avenue.

Weekday J, M Trains Skip Wmbg. Stations

Jamaica Center-bound J trains and Middle Village-bound M trains will skip the Hewes Street, Lorimer Street and Flushing Avenue stations on Wednesdays through Fridays from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. through Friday, Apr. 4.

For service to these stations, take the J or M train to Myrtle Avenue, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound J or M train. For service from these stations, take the J or M train to Marcy Avenue (only for riders with Unlimited MetroCards) or Essex Street, then transfer to a Jamaica Center-bound J train or a Middle Village-bound M train.

It was noted that Manhattan-bound J trains will end quickstop service at 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays until Apr. 4. All Manhattanbound J trains will stop at Flushing Avenue, Lorimer Street and Hewes Street after that time.

Weekend Interruption On J Line In Brooklyn

J train service will be suspended between Hewes Street in Brooklyn and Essex Street in Manhattan this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 15-16, from 5:45 a.m. until 8 p.m. During this period, J trains will run in two sections: between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street and between Essex Street and Chambers Street.

Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service on the J line between Hewes Street and Essex Street and will stop at Marcy Avenue. The buses will stop as follows:

– Hewes Street-on Broadway at Hooper Street;

– Marcy Avenue-on Broadway at Marcy Avenue; and

– Essex Street-on Delancey Street at Essex Street.

It was noted that all J trains between Essex Street and Chambers Street will operate ever 15 minutes. Riders are advised to provide extra travel time.

Fastrack Service Hits F Train Late Nights

The MTA’s Fastrack maintenance and repair program will affect F train service in Queens late nights on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 13-14, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

During this period, F trains will run on the E line between Roosevelt Avenue and West Fourth Street. As alternate service, the Q train will run on the F line between 57th Avenue and 21st Street-Queensbridge during this period.

For service to stations between 36th Street in Queens and Roosevelt Avenue, transfer to the E train at Roosevelt Avenue.

It was noted that Jamaica-bound F trains will make local stops between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Avenue on Friday from 12:30 to 5 a.m. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Service To, From F.H. Ends Early On M Line

M trains will end service early between 47th-50th Streets in Manhattan and 71st-Continental Avenue in Forest Hills on Monday, Mar. 17, through Thursday, Mar. 20. During this period, M trains will operate between Metropolitan Avenue-Middle Village and 47th-50th Streets, then switch over to the F line and terminate at 57th Street.

The last Forest Hills-bound M train will depart Metropolitan Avenue at 8:46 p.m. and the last Middle Village-bound M train will depart 71st-Continental Avenues at 9:08 p.m.

As alternate service, the R train will make all local stops between Queens Plaza and 71st-Continental Avenues; the E train will make all M stops between Fifth Avenue-53rd Street and 71st-Continental Avenues; and the F train will make all local stops between 21st Street- Queensbridge and 71st-Continental Avenues.

No Weekend Express For E, F Lines In Qns.

All E and F trains will operate local service in both directions between Roosevelt Avenue and 71st- Continental Avenues this weekend, from 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 15, until 5 a.m. Monday, Mar. 17. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

Late Night Service Slowed On G Line

All G trains will operate every 20 minutes in both directions late nights, Monday through Thursday, from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. through Thursday, Apr. 3. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

More Split Service On L Line In Bklyn.

L trains will operate in two sections-between Eighth Avenue and Broadway Junction and between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway-on Thursday, Mar. 13, Friday, Mar. 14, Tuesday, Mar. 18, and Wednesday, Mar. 19, from 11 a.m. until 3:05 p.m. Riders can transfer between L trains at Broadway Junction to continue their trip.

It was noted that all L trains between Rockaway Parkway and Broadway Junction will operate every 24 minutes. Riders are advised to allow for additional travel time.

* * *

For a complete list of service changes and last-minute updates, visit the MTA’s website at www.mta.info or call 511.

More from Around New York