MTA: 'Fastrack' maintenance is coming to Brooklyn and Queens in 2013
Weeknight subway shutdowns are coming to the outer boroughs.
MTA officials said Monday that they would bring the "Fastrack" maintenance program, which cancels large chunks of service overnight for four straight days, to upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in 2013. The MTA started performing the weeknight work in downtown Manhattan this year.
The planned work includes the N/Q/R lines from Long Island City to downtown Brooklyn, A service in Washington Heights, No. 4/5/6 service in the Upper East Side and D service in the Bronx.
The MTA says the overnight shutdowns are safer, cheaper and quicker than if employees tried to do work during intervals between train arrivals. The cash-strapped agency said it has saved more than $5 million so far this year.