Overnight Subway Service Suspension Starts on 7th Ave Line

Overnight subway service on a large part of New York’s City’s Seventh Avenue Subway line will be suspended from Monday to Thursday this week as part of the MTA’s so-called Fast Track program to fix subways more quickly without having to stop for train traffic.

  • The MTA will stop service on the No. 1, 2 and 3 lines from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between 34th Street Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, in both directions.  No. 1 train service will be halted between 34th Street-Penn Station and South Ferry.


  • During the planned suspension, service will operate between 34th Street-Penn Station and East 180th Street.  It will then be rerouted via the No. 5 train, between East 180th and Dyre Avenue. 


  • No. 5 train service will operate all night in Manhattan and to/from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. No. 5 service will be rerouted via the No. 2 line between East 180th Street and 241st Street.


  • Additionally, while No. 3 service will be completely suspended from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the MTA will provide free shuttle buses to and from No. 3 stations at 148th, 145th and 135th streets. 


  • No. 4 trains will operate local in Brooklyn and extend to New Lots Avenue, and the 42nd Street S shuttle will operate through the night.

Last month, MTA implemented the first-ever Fast Track program with an overnight shut down of large parts of the No. 4, 5 and 6 subway lines.  The authority says crews were able to complete 300 tasks during the four night outage, work that would normally have taken weeks or even months to complete.

An MTA spokesman said the Fastrack program will save $600,000 in labor costs because more work is completed in a shorter amount of time.  The projected savings for the year is more than $10 million, according to authority.

After the red line suspension, the next overnight closures will be on parts of the Sixth Avenue B,D and F lines, February 27 to March 2.