Janet Babin, Host, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a host and reporter at WNYC.
Overnight subway service on a large part of New York’s City’s Seventh Avenue Subway line will be suspended beginning Monday, February 13 through Thursday, Feb 17th. The MTA will stop service on the 1,2, and 3 lines from 10 pm to 5 am between 34th Street Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, in both directions. The number 1 train service will be halted between 34th Street-Penn Station and South Ferry.
It’s part of the next phase of the MTA’s so-called “Fastrack’ program. The authority says crews can fix subways faster when service stops completely, because they don't have to watch out for train traffic.
During the planned suspension, service will operate between 34th Street-Penn Station and East 180th Street. It will then be rerouted via the 5 train, between East 180th and Dyre Avenue.
Customers should note that 5 train service will operate all night in Manhattan and to/from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. 5 service will be rerouted via the 2 between East 180th Street and 241st Street.
Additionally, while 3 service will be completely suspended from 10 pm to 5 am, the MTA will provide free shuttle buses to and from 3 stations at 148th, 145th and 135th Streets.
4 trains will operate local in Brooklyn and extend to New Lots Avenue. And the 42nd Street S shuttle will operate through the night.
The authority said customers should plan to transfer to other lines at these key transfer points: Times Square-42nd Street A,C,E,N,Q,R,S,7, Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street DNQR45, and 59th Street-Columbus Circle A,C,and D.
Last month, the MTA implemented the first ever Fastrack program with an overnight shut down of large parts of the 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.
After the IRT suspension, the next overnight closures will be on parts of the Sixth Avenue B,D, and F lines, February 27 to March 2.