We’re replacing old track and old switches, all at the end of their useful lives. The work is intense and requires partial service suspensions during nights and weekends in the winter of 2021. We’ve compiled all the service changes here, and provided alternative options for you to get around while we complete this important work. When we’re done, the new track and new switches will help provide flexible, reliable service for years to come.
Service changes schedule
From 12:01 a.m. Saturdays, to 1 a.m. Mondays, trains will run from South Ferry to 137 St. Beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, three free shuttle buses will connect stations and provide service to stations.
The three shuttle buses routes are:
- 137 St – 168 St
- 191 St – 168 St
- 242 St – 207 St
Note that there will be no shuttle bus service between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday morning.
These service changes will be in effect during the following weekends:
- January 2-4
- January 9-11
- January 16-18
- January 23-25
- January 30-February 1
- March 6-8
- March 13-15
- March 20-22
During the weekends of February 13-16, 20-22, and February 27-March 1, trains will run in two sections connected by a shuttle bus route. One section runs between South Ferry and 137 St. The second section runs between Dyckman St and 242 St.
Every weeknight, between 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., trains will run from South Ferry to 137 St.
From there, two free shuttle buses and shuttle trains will provide alternative service.
The will operate in the Bronx as a shuttle train between 242 St and Dyckman St.
The two free shuttle bus routes connect stations and provide service to stations:
- 137 St – Dyckman St – Dyckman St
- 191 St – 168 St
You can also use the as an alternative while we work.
These service changes will be in effect every weeknight from December 28, 2020, until April 9, 2021, with the exception of the dates listed below.
To get as much work done as possible during these changes, we're also adding in some maintenance projects during the weeknights. During the following weeknights, service will be slightly different than as described above:
- January 11-14
- January 18-21
- January 25-28
During these three weeks, the will operate in two sections:
- Dyckman St to 242 St
- South Ferry to 148 St (on the line)
There will be no service between 96 St and Dyckman St.
Shuttle buses will operate the following routes:
- 96 St to 168 St
- 168 St to 191 St
- Dyckman St to Dyckman St
What we’re doing
Track work between 145 and 168 St
Track on this stretch of the is over 35 years old – well past its prime. Replacing it now means that we can avoid unpredictable headaches and delays and ensure more reliable and consistent service.
Replacing track is an intense process. Doing the work all at once in one continuous stretch means we can get it done faster, better, and more efficiently. This interruption in normal service will provide benefits for decades.
Switch work at 185 and 189A/B at Dyckman St
The switches we’re replacing are at the very end of their useful lives at 31 years of age. We use these switches to move 1 trains to and from the middle track when there are diversions or outages on the line. Without these switches, service on the would grind to a halt whenever an issue arose that required a train to stop unexpectedly, like when a train has to hold in the station or if there’s an issue in the tunnels connecting stations.
We'll also be taking care of a number of important maintenance projects while this section of the is shut down, including repairing a switch at 238th St. As with all of our track closures, we make every effort to complete as many projects as possible to minimize future closures.