The track that E trains use to travel between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Jamaica Center is past it's useful life—it's been in place since the 70's and 80's. We inspect this track regularly, and we made temporary fixes in 2018, but over the last four years track conditions have caused 713 delays. So we're going to completely replace it to bring you much more reliable E service.
Here's everything you need to know about the project and how to get around while we work.
Project timing and phases of work
We’ll need 12 weeks to do this work, and there will be two phases of service changes. We are taking advantage of low airport travel and subway ridership to accelerate the timeline for this project and minimize impact on customers.
Phase 1 (September 19 until November 2020): To start, we’ll need full access to the tracks. While we work, there will be no E service at Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Center at all times. (The J and Z lines will continue to serve these stations.)
Phase 2 (Dates to be determined): Once we finish Phase 1, we’ll be able to bring service back at these stations but still have additional track reconstruction work to complete. While we work, E trains will run to Jamaica Center at all times but operate on a single track there. This limits the number of trains we can run so customers should expect reduced frequencies on weekdays. We will keep you posted as we finalize these plans.
Service change and alternate travel options
There will be no E service at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer. During these closures, J Z trains still serve these stations. The last stop on most E trains will be Jamaica-Van Wyck station.
During weekdays, we will send some E trains to 179 St F to both prevent congestion at Jamaica-Van Wyck and increase service to nearby stations on the F. Both Sutphin Blvd and Parsons Blvd on the F line are a ten-minute walk from stations without E service.
During rush hours, E trains will run every 8 minutes to each station. Middays and evenings they will run every 10-15 minutes. During weekends, all E trains will run to Jamaica Van Wyck every 12 minutes.
Customers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices requiring elevators should take trains to Jamaica-Van Wyck E for Q54, Q56, Q60 bus service that connects to stations without E service.