Weekend 7-train service between Queensboro Plaza and 34th Street-Hudson Yards will be down for the month of March.
The MTA announced that the closures are needed to test the new communications system it is installing. Called the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) the system is expected to help increase 7-train reliability and add service.
“A safe, reliable Flushing Line is critical to the growth of Queens and these projects are critical to the future of the line,” New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick said in a statement.
According to the announcement, 7 trains will run between Flushing and Queensboro Plaza, but not beyond, on the weekends of March 3 to 6, March 10 to 13, March 17 to 20 and March 24 to 27 between 11:30 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday.
The MTA will provide free shuttle service at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Avenue, and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stations to get riders to the N and W lines at Queensboro Plaza and back.
The N and W will take riders to Manhattan.
During the weekends with outages, the W train will run to provide increased capacity for the line in to Manhattan.
The MTA is planning similar weekend outages on the weekends of October 20 to 23, October 27 to 30, November 10 to 13 and November 17 to 20 in the fall to continue working on the upgrades.