Weekend riders on the Number 7 line are in for a rough ride starting next weekend.
Due to construction, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to suspend service from Queensboro Plaza to Times Square for 10 weekends starting next weekend [January 30-31].
There will be no service at Queensboro Plaza, 45th Road-Court House Square, Hunters Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue.
Some stores say the change will once again hurt business after reporting huge loses during a similar service disruption last year.
“We are working with our local businesses to make this a vibrant community,” said Queens business owner Sheila Lewandowski. “When we get no notice and the services get taken out, you’re telling us that our businesses don’t matter, that Long Island City doesn’t matter. We need better service. MTA is a service organization. They need to start acting like one.”
“Timing could not be worse for this community that the G train is also down at this time,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “So to have the 7 and G both down at the same time is a crippling blow to the northwestern Queens communities and is colossally bad planning.”
Commuters heading to Manhattan from those stations will have to take a shuttle bus to Queensboro Plaza and then transfer to the N train.
The MTA says workers have a short window to finish the necessary system upgrades, so the agency is working now to avoid doing work during the peak summer sports season.