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'Take the G to the Sea': MTA Announces Weekend Service Changes on C, E, F, and G Lines That Will Temporarily Enhance G Service By Extending the Line to Coney Island

New York City Transit
Updated July 22, 2021 4:45 p.m.

Service Changes to Take Place August 6-9 and 13-16  

Details Available Online  


MTA New York City Transit today announced that service changes during a pair of August weekends on the  , , and  lines will bring “the G to the Sea” by extending the line more than 5 miles, to Coney Island. The  train normally terminates at Church Av in Kensington, Brooklyn, since the line was extended there from Smith-9 Sts in July 2009. 

“We plan carefully to keep service disruptions to a minimum,” said Demetrius Crichlow, Acting Senior Vice President for Subways, New York City Transit. “But there are times when service changes can actually result in localized improvements for riders. When that happens, we like to promote it! In this case, we are extending the  line by more than 5 miles and giving customers from Greenpoint and Williamsburg a direct route to Coney Island. So I encourage customers from Long Island City and northern Brooklyn to put on some flip flops, grab the sun screen, and enjoy a transfer-free subway ride to the beach!” 

The temporary service change will take place during the weekends of August 6-9 and 13-16 and is being made to support the final portion of critical post-Superstorm Sandy work to rehabilitate the tunnel the  train uses when traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn. During these outages, crews will also install cables in the vicinity of Jay Street in order to support the ongoing signal modernization work between Church Avenue and Coney Island. In order to support customers, the MTA will provide several alternative service options.  

The MTA has begun displaying posters and relevant service change information on digital screens throughout the impacted areas to inform customers of the changes. The MTA will also send alerts to email or text message subscribers, and via social media. 


  • Riders who normally take the  train between Manhattan and Queens should take the , which will stop at all  stations between Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and Chambers St-World Trade Center in Manhattan. 
  • Riders who normally take the  train in Manhattan or between Manhattan and Queens should take the  , which will stop at all  stations between Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and Delancey St in Manhattan.
  • Riders who normally use the East Broadway station in Manhattan can take a free shuttle bus service to the Delancey St station.
  • Riders who normally take the  from Manhattan to Brooklyn should transfer to the  train at Canal Street.   Trains will make all   stops from there to Euclid Avenue.  trains will terminate at the World Trade Center  platform.


  • Riders who normally take the  between Bergen Street and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue will instead board  trains for most of the weekend. For service to Jay Street in Brooklyn and Manhattan, customers should transfer at Hoyt-Schermerhorn to the opposite platform where they can board Manhattan-bound  or rerouted  service. For service to  stations in Manhattan, customers should transfer again at West 4th Street to  trains, which will make those stops. 
  • From 9:30 p.m. Friday night to 5 a.m. Saturday morning, a free shuttle bus service will connect Bedford-Nostrand and 4th Avenue-9th Street in lieu of  service.  service resumes at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, extending to Coney Island for the remainder of the weekend. 
  • Riders who normally take  local service between Canal Street in Manhattan and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn will instead take  trains, which will stop at all  stations between 50th Street in Manhattan and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn.  
  • Riders who normally use the York Street  station in Brooklyn should instead use the nearby High Street  station. The York Street station will be closed during these two weekends. 

A page detailing the service changes for these two weekends, with a map, is available online. 

The bulk of the tunnel work was completed during the spring after crews spent 17 weekends and dozens of weeknights working to install new tracks, signal equipment, communication cables and tunnel lighting. Workers also performed considerable upgrades to the East Broadway station in Manhattan, including nearly 12,000 square feet of platform renewal, 13,000 square feet of wall tile replacement, 1,360 feet of platform edge removal in addition to a range of leak mitigation work. The construction timeline on the Rutgers tube was the fastest of all the Sandy-related tube rehabilitation projects.