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MTA to Perform Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Work on Sixth Avenue Line as Part of FASTRACK Program

New York City Transit
Updated May 4, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Changes to Subway Service Between in Manhattan and Brooklyn for Two Weekends in May  


Alternate Service and Free Shuttle Buses Will Be Provided 


View Map Depicting Changes Detailed Below Here


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced maintenance, cleaning, repair and replacement work will be performed along the Sixth Avenue line in Manhattan on weeknights beginning Monday, May 10, for two weeks through May 21.  

While crews from MTA New York City Transit perform track maintenance, repair and cleaning in the corridor, MTA Construction & Development will use the platform and track access created during this time to advance elevator replacement work at 34 St - Herald Sq. 

FASTRACK work typically includes: 

  • Track – remove debris and repair or replace tie blocks and running rails. 

  • Third Rail Operations – clean and remove debris from under and around the third rail. 

  • Signals – perform general maintenance on signals and switches. 

  • Infrastructure – repair or replace handrails, signs, and tunnel lighting. Clean track drains and repair water damage/leaks. 

  • Electronic Maintenance – optimize performance of closed-circuit television monitors and cameras. Inspect and test public address system equipment. 

  • Station Environment – perform high-intensity station cleaning and painting as well as perform elevator and escalator repair work. Clean vents and drains. 

Beginning Monday, May 10 from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and continuing on weeknights through Friday morning, May 21, the following service changes will be in effect: 

  •  &   trains will not stop at 47-50 Sts – Rockefeller Center, 42 St-Bryant Park, 14 St, W 4 St-Washington Square, and Broadway-Lafayette St   

  •  trains also will not stop at 7 Av and Grand St  

  •  trains also will not stop at 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St   

  •  &   trains will “swap” routes in Brooklyn:  

  •  trains will run between Jamaica-179 St and Roosevelt Av, making all local stops in Queens after 10 p.m. to Manhattan and after midnight to Jamaica-179 St, and then:   

    • via the   to/from 57 St-7Av   

    • via the   express to/from Atlantic Av-Barclays Center   

    • via the   in Brooklyn between Atlantic Av-Barclays Center and Coney Island-Stillwell Av   

  •  trains will run normally between Norwood-205 St and 59 St-Columbus Circle and then:  

    • via the   to/from Jay St-MetroTech 

    • via the   in Brooklyn between Jay St-MetroTech and Coney Island-Stillwell Av  

Three free shuttle buses will run:  

  • between Roosevelt Island and Queens Plaza  

  • between W 4 St and East Broadway  

  • between W 4 St and Grand St.   

For stations without   and/or   train service the following alternatives will be in effect:   

  • For 21 St-Queensbridge   and Roosevelt Island  , take a shuttle bus and transfer at Queens Plaza to/from the   or   trains, or the   train on the   tracks    

  • For Lexington Av/63 St  , take the   train    

  • For 7 Av  , take the   train   

  • For 57 St F, 47-50 Sts  , 42 St-Bryant Pk  , use nearby   stations along 7 Avenue for the   train on the   tracks    

  • For 34 St-Herald Square  , take the   trains, or the   train on the   tracks    

  • For 23 St   use nearby   station along Broadway    

  • For 14 St  , take the   train to Union Square for the   train on the   tracks or take the   train to 8 Av for the   train on the   tracks   

  • For W 4 St  , take the   or   trains, or the   train on the   tracks   

  • For Broadway-Lafayette St  , take the   or   local trains, or take the shuttle bus and transfer at W 4 St to/from the   or   trains, or the   train on the   tracks    

  • For 2 Av F, Delancey St/Essex St   and East Broadway  , take the shuttle bus and transfer at W 4 St to/from the   or   trains, or the   train on the   tracks or take the shuttle bus and at Bleecker St/Broadway-Lafayette St transfer to/from  the   or   local trains    

  • For Grand St, take the shuttle bus and transfer at W 4 St to/from the   or   trains, or the   train on the   tracks    

  • For York St, use nearby High St   station for the   train on the   tracks   

Please note that for the week of May 10, the subway system will remain closed for disinfecting between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.   

Starting May 17, the subway will be open 24 hours per day. 

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations and these travel alternatives may not be fully accessible. Please contact 511 to plan your trip. 

Local elected officials and community boards have been notified about this work. 

The MTA will post print and digital signs in stations, along with announcements in stations and on trains. Customers can check the MTA’s groundbreaking Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlight accessible stations, and much more. Customer service notifications are also available on the MTA website, the MYmta app and social media. Customers can also sign up for text and email alerts at www.myMTAalerts.com.