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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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Roxy

As time goes by, they will start reducing seats until cars have standing room only. That’s already evident in new cars that have been added to the #7 line in the past year.

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A.Bundy

wow, all these negative responses have saved me a ton of time in posting the exact same. Just wait until more developments get completed and the area gets even more overpopulated. you’ll be waiting hours before you can even get into a train.

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Roxy

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Fails to mention the numerous other weekends when local stations will be closed in one direction for “track work.”

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Alia James

I actually thought the 7 being out for only eight weekends was pretty good! That’s a big improvement over the last couple of years, isn’t it?

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a.bidge

So that’ll be 8 obese halfwits in bright yellow jackets standing around whilst 1 idiot tightens a screw, that will obvs take a whole weekend, great use of funds, let’s hope they hike the price in 2016 too, to cover the 8 halfwits inflated salaries. The mta are a joke.

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parking woes

The MTA is an absolute joke. this is been going on for decades and they still can’t get the job done….a bunch of fucking morons. who is the genius that picked Halloween weekend as the time to do this? I’d love to meet that idiot.

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Craic Dealer

There will be a “Jumping the Turnstile” scheduled for July 4th because 7 train riders are sick of this garbage!

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