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7 Train Shutdowns Planned For Eight Weekends Next Year

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Dec. 22, 2015 Staff Report

The MTA will suspend 7 train service between Queens and Manhattan for eight weekends in 2016, while it conducts service work on the line.

The shutdowns will take place Jan. 22 to 25, March 18 to 21, April 1 to 4 and 15 to 18, Oct. 21 to 24 and 28 to 31 and Nov. 11 to 14 and 18 to 21.

Between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday over these weekends, 7 train service will be suspended between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square in both directions. Free shuttle buses will make stops at Queensboro Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue, according to the MTA.

Much of next year’s work on the 7 line involves the replacement of a decades-old signaling system, according to the MTA. The agency said it will be testing recently installed equipment for a new system that will allow for countdown clocks and more trains per hour.

Segments of the 7 line’s elevated tracks are also slated for replacement, including at 46 Street, 52 Street and outside Flushing Main Street. Under the East River, reconstruction from Hurricane Sandy damage will continue along the tunnel between Queens and Manhattan.

According to the MTA, an increase in N/Q service will coincide with certain 7 train suspension weekends. The agency could not immediately be reached for questions about this increase.

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Ten years ? Are you kidding ?! This has been going on for over twenty years !!
MTA – Not Going Your Way !

Anonymous visitor

How long does it take to install a new signalling system: one year? 10 years? 100 years? I’m not being sarcastic. I really am trying to understand what is involved with this project and why it continues to take MTA crews forever to just get it done.

Yes, 8 weekends without the No. 7 is definitely better than 26. But this project started over a decade ago.


MTA = Money thrown away. The MTA is a bloated money wasting agency. Many NYC and State Authorities are useless. Such as NYCHA-Housing Authority/Port Authority (PA)there are more that are mostly bad. the MTA only answers to the Governor, that should change since the MTA moves more people downstate than upstate. Don’t expect anything the MTA does to move fast as it is a wasteful endless red tap bureaucracy.

Amadeo Plaza

So…when will this infamous signal system finally be replaced? Because it’s been the same reason for several years now.

Anonymous visitor

According to the MTA, “Installation of CBTC … will … be completed in 2016.” Does anyone really believe this is true?


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