Jesse Mislavsky: I'm Jesse Mislavsky, and you're listening to the “Planned Service Changes” for this weekend on TransitTrax, New York City Transit's podcast service. Here's a guide to a few of the significant changes in subway service, scheduled for this weekend on the 4, 5, A, J, M and R lines. These changes will affect service on beginning at 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 28 and end at 5 a.m. on Monday, May 1. These changes are due to necessary capital construction and rehabilitation work – work that may cause you to ride backward just to go forward – or change your traveling pattern all together.
This weekend there will be changes in service on the 4 line. Please listen carefully as Jared Elmore from Operations Planning explains.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday, Apr 28 – May 1, there are no 4 trains between New Lots Av/Utica Av and Brooklyn Bridge. This is due to Sandy-related work in the Joralemon Tube.
As travel alternatives - Take the 2, 3, A, C, D, J, N, Q or R trains instead.
* 4 service operates between Woodlawn and Brooklyn Bridge, making local stops.
* For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the D, N, Q or R. Transfer between the 4,6 and N, Q, R trains at 14 St-Union Sq or Canal St. Transfer between D,N,Q,R and 2,3 trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
* For service to and from Wall St and Bowling Green, use the R (N overnight) at nearby Rector St or Whitehall St. Or, use the J at Broad St.
* For service to and from Fulton St, use the 2, 3, A, C or J.
* For service between Borough Hall and Franklin Av, take the 2 or 3 instead.
* For service between Franklin Av and New Lots Av, take the 3 instead, running in Brooklyn all weekend.
Jesse Mislavsky: If you plan to use the 5 line this weekend, Jared will tell you what to do to get around this diversion.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 6 AM to 11 PM, Saturday, Apr 29 and 8 AM to 11 PM, Sunday, Apr 30, there are no 5 trains between Bowling Green and Grand Central-42 St. This is due to Sandy-related work in the Joralemon Tube.
As travel alternatives - Take the 4*6 or R trains instead.
* Trains run between E 180 St and Grand Central-42 St.
* For stations between Grand Central-42 St and Brooklyn Bridge, take the 4 or 6.
* Transfer between 5 and 4 & 6 trains at Grand Central-42 St.
* For Fulton St, Wall St, and Bowling Green, use nearby R stations at Cortlandt St,
Rector St, or Whitehall St.
* Transfer between 5 and R trains at 59 St-Lexington Av.
* Transfer between 4, 6 and R trains at Canal St.
* *Please note: There is no 4 service between Brooklyn Bridge and New Lots Av.
Jesse Mislavsky: Also this weekend there will be changes that affect the A line. Jared will tell you what you need to do, to get where you’re going.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 3:30 AM Saturday to 10 PM Sunday, Apr 29 – 30 there are no A trains between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd/Howard Beach-JFK Airport. This is due to track maintenance along the Rockaway line.
As travel alternatives - Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.
* A service operates along two routes:
1. Between 207 St and Euclid Av; and
2. Between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and Far Rockaway
* Free shuttle buses operate in two segments:
1. Between Euclid Av and Howard Beach-JFK Airport, making station stops at
Grant Av, 80 St, 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, 111 St, Lefferts Blvd,
Aqueduct Racetrack, and Aqueduct-North Conduit Av; and
2. Non-stop between Euclid Av and Howard Beach-JFK Airport.
* Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Euclid Av and/or Howard Beach/JFK Airport.
* Please note: Rockaway Park Shuttle service is unaffected.
Jesse Mislavsky: And this weekend, expect changes on the J line. Jared will give you some alternate route options.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 6:30 AM to 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday, Apr 29 and Apr 30, there are no J trains between Crescent St and Jamaica Center. This is due to station improvements along the Jamaica line.
As travel alternatives - Free shuttle buses and E trains provide alternate service.
* J service operates between Broad St and Crescent St.
* Free shuttle buses and E trains provide alternate service via Jamaica-Van Wyck. Free shuttle buses operate between Broadway Junction and 121 St, and connect with the E at Jamaica-Van Wyck, where service to and from Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Center is available.
* Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Jamaica-Van Wyck and/or Crescent St.
Jesse Mislavsky: If you need to ride the M line this weekend, there will be a change in service that will affect your commute. Once again Jared Elmore explains.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday, Apr 28 – May 1, there no M trains between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. This is due to track replacement along the Myrtle Av line.
As travel alternatives – Take free shuttle buses instead.
* M service operates between Essex St and Myrtle Av, and is rerouted via the J to and from Broadway Junction, days and evenings only.
* Free shuttle buses make all M stops between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av all weekend.
* Transfer between buses and J & M trains at Myrtle Av.
* For direct service to and from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.
Jesse Mislavsky: And finally, there will be changes on the R line.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday, Apr 28 – May 1, there are no R trains between Bay Ridge-95 St and 36 St. This is due to station improvements along the 4 Av line.
As travel alternatives - N trains and free line closure buses provide alternate service.
* R service operates between Manhattan and 36 St, and is rerouted via the D to and from 9 Av (days/evenings).
* Late night R service between Brooklyn and Whitehall St is suspended – take the N and/or free line closure buses instead.
* Free line closure buses provide alternate service between Bay Ridge-95 St and 36 St all weekend.
* Transfer between trains and free line closure buses at 36 St.
Jesse Mislavsky: Because construction projects can be canceled, be sure to consult our website, www.mta.info, for Service Status and Planned Service Changes. While there, you may also opt to use our Trip Planner+ which provides you with customized travel directions that take subway service changes into account, while giving you up to three alternate route options.
Also available is our free Email Notification Program. You can sign up for weekday or weekend notifications about both planned reroutes and real-time changes in service.
Finally, you may also dial 511 for travel information for all MTA services. It’s good information, so you’ll “Know Before You Go!”
For TransitTrax, I'm Jesse Mislavsky. Thanks for listening, and thanks for riding with New York City Transit.