Bronx straphangers suffering through signal work
Bronx riders on three lines will encounter diversions until December (Courtesy Fordham University Archives)
The MTA is getting the Bronx cheer as it sidelines straphangers across 17 stations in the borough so that signal work can be done on the 2, 4 and 5 lines.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, No. 4 uptown trains are only stopping at 149th Street, Burnside Avenue and Woodlawn. The trains bypass 10 stops that include Yankee Stadium.
On the downtown 2 and 5 lines, trains are skipping seven stations between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Riders on all three lines must ride back on the train running the opposite direction to reach their local station.
“That’s a long ride,” said Andrew Albert, a nonvoting MTA board member. “The Bronx is getting hit.”
The work began last week and will continue through the rest of the year.
More than 130,000 straphangers use the skipped stations on an average weekday, according to MTA figures.
The diversions are necessary to rehab old signals on the lines, a NYC Transit spokesman said.