Tiffany Jones: 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 2, 3, F, J, M, N and R lines. These changes will affect service July 28 through July 31. 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. For those commuters who plan to use the 2 or 3 lines on the weekends, there are long term changes in service that will affect your commute. Please listen carefully as Jared Elmore from Operations Planning explains.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 11:30 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday, July 28 – 31, there are no 1 trains between 137 St and 242 St. This is due to Sandy-related work at Clark St.
As travel alternatives A and C trains, M3, M100, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.
• 1 service operates between South Ferry and 137 St.
• For service between 137 St and 168 St, use free shuttle buses or the AC at nearby stations.
• For service between 168 St and 191 St, use M3 or free shuttle buses. Or, use the A at nearby stations.
• Transfer between 1 and AC trains at 59 St.
• For Dyckman St and 207 St, use the A at nearby stations.
• For service between 207 St and 242 St, take free shuttle buses to/from A trains at 207 St.
Tiffany Jones: If you plan to use the E and F line this weekend, Jared will tell you what to do to get around this diversion.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, no E trains between Jamaica Center and 71 Av and no F trains between Jamaica-179 St and 71 Av
Travel alternatives – Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.
· E service operates between 71 Av and World Trade Center.
· F service operates between 71 Av and Stillwell Av.
· Free shuttle buses operate between Jamaica and 71 Av, making all station stops
· E and F trains run local in both directions in Queens.
· Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at 71 Av.
· Note: LIRR will cross-honor MetroCard for travel between Penn Station and Jamaica stations, and between Penn Station and Kew Gardens stations. NYC Transit customers should present their MetroCard to the LIRR conductor.
Tiffany Jones: If you plan to use the N line this weekend, Jared will tell you what to do to get around this diversion.
Jared Elmore: Beginning at 11:30 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday, July 28 – 31, N
trains are rerouted via the D in both directions between Stillwell Av and 36 St.
As travel alternatives - free shuttle buses and R trains provide alternate service.
• To/from 86 St, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, Bay Pkwy, 20 Av, and 18 Av, transfer to/from free shuttle buses at Stillwell Av and/or 62 St-New Utrecht Av.
• To/from Fort Hamilton Pkwy and 8 Av, transfer to/from free shuttle buses at
62 St-New Utrecht Av and/or 59 St.
• To/from 59 St and 45 St, take the R or free shuttle buses instead. Transfer between N and R trains at 36 St, or between free shuttle buses and R trains at 36 St or 59 St.
Tiffany Jones: If you plan to use the R line this weekend, Jared will tell you what to do to get around this diversion.
Jared Elmore: Beginning 5 AM to 11 PM, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 – 30, no R trains between 71 Av and Queens Plaza.
As travel alternatives – E and F trains provide alternate service.
• R service operates days/evenings between Queens Plaza and Bay Ridge.
• EF trains run local in both directions in Queens.
• Transfer between E and R trains at Queens Plaza.
• Transfer between F and R trains at 34 St-Herald Sq..
Tiffany Jones: 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.