Late Nights – Week of Jan. 22nd

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Flushing work continues.

Here are this week’s service disruptions:

  • 1 – Downtown service is express-only between 145 Street and 96 Street
  • 6 – Pelham Bay-bound service is express-only in the Bronx
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • Amultiple diversions
    • No service between Jay St and Utica Av
    • Uptown service runs via F line between Jay St and W 4 Street
    • Uptown service is express-only between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 125 Street
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center
  • Q – Uptown service runs via R line between DeKalb Av and Canal St

Service Map

Have a good day.

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Weekend of Jan. 19th

01.19.PNGWork on the Flushing and Jamaica lines continue. Here are the major service changes in effect this weekend:

  • 2 – No service between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av
  • 3 – No overnight service
  • 4 – Reduced service between 125 Street and Woodlawn
  • 5 – Reduced weekend service
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • A – No service between Howard Beach and the Rockaways
  • A C – Uptown service runs via F line between Jay St and W 4 Street
  • E – No service between Briarwood and Jamaica Center
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center
  • J – No service between Myrtle Av and Broad St
  • M – No weekend service

Service Map

Enjoy the weekend.

Late Nights – Week of Jan. 15th

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The Flushing line suspension continues.

Here are this week’s service changes:

  • 3 – No late night service
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • A – Downtown service is express-only between 125 Street and 59 St-Columbus Circle
  • D – Uptown service runs via A line between W 4 Street and 59 St-Columbus Circle
  • E – No service between Briarwood and Jamaica Center
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center
  • J – No service between Essex St and Broad St

Service Map

 

 

Weekend of Jan. 12th

01.12.PNGGood morning. Here are this weekend’s service changes:

  • 2 – No service between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av
  • 4 – Reduced service between 125 Street and Woodlawn
  • 4 5 – Downtown service is local-only between 125 Street and Grand Central
  • 5 – Reduced weekend service
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • A – No service between Howard Beach and the Rockaways
  • A C – Uptown service runs via F line between Jay St and W 4 Street
  • E – No service between Briarwood and Jamaica Center
  • E F – All service is local-only between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Av
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center
  • J – No service between Myrtle Av and Broad St
  • M – No weekend service

Service Map

Reminder: The 111 Street J station will be closed for structural repairs starting Monday morning.

Enjoy the weekend.

Late Nights – Week of Jan. 8th

01.08Good afternoon. Late night maintenance work begins in earnest this week as there are many diversions and suspensions in place.

  • 1 2 – Downtown service is express-only between Times Square and Chambers St
  • 4 6 – Downtown service is express-only between Grand Central and Brooklyn Bridge¬†(Wed., Fri. early mornings only)
  • 6 – Split service operations at 125 Street
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • E – No service between Briarwood and Jamaica Center
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center
  • J – No service between Essex St and Broad St

Service Map

Have a good day.

2018 Station and Line Outages

…Or possibly a case for continuous closures rather than the standard method of construction work.

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Hello old friend. (MTA)

With 2018 behind us, we can take a look at how good (or how bad depending on who you ask) weekend service last year. Using the weekly maps created for the planned service changes, we can see which lines were the worst to use in the effort to get around in 2018.

For the sake of clarity, this is broken out between full weekend closures, in which the line is out of service for the entire weekend, and partial ones, where either trains bypass the stations in one direction or when service is suspended for only part of the weekend. Also, to prevent the data from being skewed against certain lines, stations and lines partially or fully closed on a continuous basis for rehabilitation work are not included in the final tally.

First off, let’s take a look at the top ten full closures in 2018:

Rank Line Portion # Weekends
10 Sea Beach all 7
9 Canarsie Broadway Jct – 8 Avenue 7
8 Crosstown Bedford-Nostrand Avs – Court Sq 8
7 Flushing Queensboro Plaza – 34 St-Hudson Yards 9
6 6th Avenue all 10
5 Dyre Ave all 10
4 Culver Church Av – Coney Island 12
3 Livonia Ave all 12
2 Astoria all 17
1 Jamaica Crescent St – Jamaica Center 21

Jamaica “leads” here being out of service for nearly half the year, including most of the summer and a seven week stretch from mid-September to early November, mostly due to constant schedule slippage for the station rehabs along the line. The Astoria line ranks at number two in part due to the ESI rehabs and a track replacement project that occurred over the summer. Some of these entries are due to structure and station rehab projects, as is the case on the Culver and Sea Beach lines, or due to preparation work, in regards to the Canarsie line. The rest were due to a combination of general preventative maintenance or general upgrades along the affected lines.

Full closures were not the only issue to plague weekend riders in 2018. There were a slew of partial, one-directional service outages in place over the year.

Rank Line Portion # Weekends
10 Flushing all 10
9 8th Avenue 59 St-Columbus Circle – Canal St 11
8 Astoria all 11
7 Queens Blvd 71 Av – Queens Plaza 10
6 63rd Street all 13
5 Jamaica Myrtle Av – Marcy Av 15
4 Queens Blvd Parsons Blvd – 71 Av 17
3 Jerome Ave Burnside Av – 149 St-Grand Concourse 17
2 4th Avenue Atlantic Av – 59 St 19
1 8th Avenue 125 St – 59 St-Columbus Circle 32

Central Park West leads the way by a wide margin in terms of partial closures, with the majority of them caused by the ESI station rehabs along the line. That is also the case for the Astoria partial closures as well, whenever that line wasn’t fully suspended. As with the full closures, some of these can be explained by way of other factors. Queens Blvd for instance, was taken out of service in one direction due to the ongoing signal modernization project. This also holds true for the Flushing line. The rest of these diversions were caused by a combination of improvements and track replacements.

For a full station by station breakout, the raw data is available here.

top-20-line-closuresTo get a clear picture of the full impact of these service disruptions, as shown below, 75% of the 20 worst lines in terms of complete or partial loss of service were out at least ten weekends in 2018. In the case of some of these service suspensions, it’s the deciding factor for some riders’ travel plans. When service is out in one direction for the better part of the year, like with Central Park West, or completely suspended, as was the case for the eastern half of the Jamaica line, riders either have to make adjustments to their trips and endure backtracking or shuttle buses, or in the case of some, not make the planned trips at all due to a lack of available options.

Some of these service changes are unavoidable due to other factors in play and nobody wants a complete collapse of the subway system just to avoid a few weekends of maintenance work. On the other hand, however, riders do want consistent and reliable service they can depend on, even during off-hours.

Perhaps it’s time for a new approach to the standard 53-hour weekend work schedule that’s been in place for decades now. Over the past few weeks alone, there have been a couple of full-time line closures to minimize the overall impact of construction and maintenance work. For the second year now, the 53rd Street tunnel (which carries the E and M lines) was taken out of service just before the New Year’s holiday, a move to allow for more work to be completed in a longer continuous timespan. This full-time closure has obviously proven its worth as there were only four weekends where that tunnel was out of service, all of which were due to the ongoing signal project. Over the past two weeks, there has been a similar outage on extreme eastern end of the Jamaica line. Time will tell if this particular closure proves successful.

The question remains whether such an approach should be considered on other lines. Can a few weeks of a non-stop closure eliminate the need for these almost constant weekend and late night suspensions and station skips? The better question is will riders stomach such bold changes. Only time will tell, but if anything is to change in terms of these almost non-stop weekend service disruptions, riders will have to accept the short-term pain for a smoother, more reliable ride in the long-term.

 

Weekend of Jan. 5th

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The Flushing closure continues.

Good morning. While the long-term Canarsie shutdown may have been cancelled, there are still the usual slew of weekend disruptions. Here are this week’s service changes:

  • 2 – No service between 96 Street and 241 Street
  • 3 – No weekend service
  • 4 – Reduced service between 125 Street and Woodlawn
  • 5 – Split service operations at E 180 Street¬†(through service operates to 241 Street)
  • 7 – No service between Queensboro Plaza and 34 St-Hudson Yards
  • A – No service between Howard Beach and the Rockaways
  • D – No daytime service between Bay Parkway and Coney Island
  • E F – All service is local-only between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Av
  • F – Downtown service runs via E line between Roosevelt Av and Rockefeller Center; then via C line from W 4 Street to Jay St
  • G – No service between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av
  • J – No service between 121 Street and Jamaica Center
  • M – No weekend service

Service Map

Reminder: The 168 Street 1 station closes tonight for elevator replacement.

Enjoy the weekend.