New York City Transit Restores Service on and Lines, , and Expresses, and Rockaway Park Trains
Lines Were Temporarily Suspended Due to Crew Availability Amid Omicron Variant Surge in New York City
and Lines Provided Local Service in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan During Suspension
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the restoration of full weekday , , , , and service, starting Wednesday, Jan. 19. In order to keep subway service at all 472 subway stations during the COVID-19 Omicron variant surge in New York City, the MTA had adjusted service by suspending the and trains, as well as the rush hour Rockaway Park branch of the train.
No stations lost subway service as a result of these suspensions; the , , , and (Rockway Park Shuttle) trains provided service to stations served by those three lines. The MTA had also suspended rush hour and weekday skip-stop express service on the in Brooklyn and Queens, weekday express service on in the Bronx and rush hour express service on the in Queens.
“Fortunately, the number of people unavailable due to COVID in the last few days has diminished, therefore we are able to put all but one of the previously suspended subway lines back in action,” said Acting MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “We have gone from 14% of our train operator and conductor workforce being out due to COVID down to 7% and the numbers continue to drop every day.”
“Throughout this fall we have supported the city’s recovery by increasing our service levels month over month. The Omicron surge affected all of New York City, the subway included, which required strategic adjustments to be made on redundant lines while meeting our primary goal of providing service at all 472 subways stations,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “With crews returning, we can get back to our core mission of ever improving our customers’ public transportation experience.”
“Despite the challenges this variant created for our workforce, we maintained service at all 472 stations and provided 90-plus percent of service,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President for Subways Demetrius Crichlow. “It is a credit to the Subways team, those who work behind-the-scenes and on the rails, that we are able navigate the surge and hope to restore service to the line soon as well.”
The restoration of full service on these six lines comes as ridership on subways has increased. On Thursday, Jan. 13, subway ridership was approximately 2.52 million, the highest since the start of Omicron surge just before Christmas. Prior to the Omicron surge, subways carried more than 3 million riders on an average weekday and hit four successive pandemic records in four weeks, including 3.43 million on Dec. 9, 2021.
The line remains suspended with customers being carried by the in Queens and trains in Manhattan. During the time services were suspended, the line operated locally in the Bronx at all times and the , and trains all carried riders. The train operated local between Queens and Manhattan to serve riders. The (Rockaway Park Shuttle) train carried rush hour Rockaway Park riders, connecting with Far Rockaway trains at Broad Channel.
Channels for Service Updates
Information about planned service changes is available through the MTA’s many real-time service information sources.
MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services in one place.
new.MTA.info– The “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line.
Live Subway Map – The Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlight accessible stations, and much more.
Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive alerts, tailored by specific branch and time of day, by visiting www.MyMTAAlerts.com.
WhatsApp - NYC Transit incorporated using WhatsApp to expand the number of customer service channels available to riders and is especially helpful for non-native English speakers. Riders can receive customer service support in their native language through the help of Google Translate.
These communication channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, the MTA will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.
For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511, the New York State Travel Information Line. For customers calling from Connecticut, the number is 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.