Snow Delay: Planned F, G Train Disruptions Postponed
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Construction on the F and G subway lines in Windsor Terrace, Red Hook and Park Slope has been postponed in anticipation of snowfall this weekend, a transit official said.
Service on the F and G train between Jay Street-MetroTech and Church Avenue will continue to operate as usual this weekend but will be shut down next weekend -- Jan. 15 and 16 -- to prepare for construction. Shuttle buses will run in both directions on those days.
The Culver Viaduct Rehabilitation Project will begin the following Mon., Jan. 17.
For five months after that, there will be no service at the 15th St.-Prospect Park Station and Fort Hamilton Parkway Station for Manhattan-bound F or Queens-bound G trains. At the Smith-9th St Station, there will be no Manhattan-bound F service.
Riders can catch Manhattan-bound F and Queens-bound G trains at a temporary platform at the Coney Island-bound side of the Fourth Avenue-9th St. stop.
NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said riders without Manhattan-bound service at their stops will have to "back ride" to stations deeper into Brooklyn to get to a stop with trains running to Manhattan. There will be no shuttle buses to fill the gaps in service.
Some have complained that the MTA has not put up signs to alert straphangers of the upcoming disruptions.
"We have found that if you put it up too early, people lose sight of it," Seaton said. "It's better to keep it fresh in people’s minds."
That is also why, he said, there was no advance notice of the work on the agency's website under "planned service changes" for the F and G. Still, he didn't know why signs hadn't appeared only days before a major phase of the four-year project. Signs to announce the latest disruption will go up at the stations and in subway cars by this Saturday. He said there should also be "public announcements in the system."
Seaton said the MTA is halting other large construction projects because of the snowstorm forecast for Friday and Saturday. Work will stop at the Dyckman Street Station on the 1 line; the Beach 25, Beach 44 and Beach 67 Stations on the A train to Far Rockaway; and the Manhattan bound platforms at the Avenue M and Avenue H stations on the B and Q lines to Brighton Beach.
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