Fastrack Set for Manhattan's West Side

Subway travel on the west side of Manhattan will be a little different this week. The MTA's Fastrack program is shutting down the A, C and E trains from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning Monday, March 12, thru Friday, March 16.

There will be no subway service from 59 Street-Columbus Circle to Jay Street-Metro Tech so that cleaning and maintenance work can be done. E trains will be re-routed to the F lines in Manhattan and C train service to Manhattan will stop running at 9:30pm.

Gene Russianoff, spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign, says the shut down will be a headache for a few.

“This is a big deal, closing the subways for 4 consecutive nights but you know I think they made a decent cast that they're able to do more efficiently and safely than they can without the program,” he said.

The four day shutdown, however, will hopefully improve service in the long-term. Bill Henderson of the New York City Transit Riders Council says most of the real benefit be felt but not seen.

“I know they've done a lot of signal maintenance and signal problems are a major source of delays in the system,” he said.

Aside from cleaner stations, Henderson says they will also repair the drainage system to keep water from backing up on the tracks.

Two other subway lines have already undergone maintenance under the Fastrack program.