Service Changes to Take Place August 6-9 and 13-16
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.
OTHER CUSTOMER IMPACTS — MANHATTAN AND QUEENS
- 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.
OTHER CUSTOMER IMPACTS — BROOKLYN
- 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.