Repairs send service into a tailspin this weekend
Plan to commute this weekend? Bring a magnifying glass.
It will take a sleuth to decipher the subways this weekend, with NYC Transit planning more than two-dozen services changes across the system because of repairs. Outside the M train and two of the subway shuttles, every line normally running on weekends will be rerouted at some point.
“We need a scorecard to keep up with the weekend diversions,” said Andrew Albert, a MTA board member.
Straphangers on seven lines will suffer through shuttle buses serving skipped stations on the No. 5 in the Bronx; the A in upper Manhattan; the E in Queens; and the F, G, L and Rockaway Park Shuttle in Brooklyn.
Scores of riders will be inconvenienced by the changes. On the No. 7 alone, roughly 112,500 straphangers on Saturdays use 10 stations on the No. 7 line that will be closed all weekend.Transit recently undertook four major rehab projects in addition to the maintenance work done on weekends, transit spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said.
“There is a push to get work done on the elevated tracks before snow, cold and high winds set in,” Parker said.
Trains running on the weekends arrived on schedule 60 percent of the time, according to the most recent MTA figures.