Service Diversions 07-03-14

Get a head start on your July 4th (Independence Day) holiday weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

Remember the following in terms of service plans for July 4th:

LIRR: Operates on a Saturday schedule

Metro-North: Operates on a Sunday/holiday schedule

NYC Transit Buses & Subways: Operate on a Saturday schedule. Please remember certain routes do not run on weekends so they will not on Fri July 4

Staten Island Railway: Operates on a Saturday schedule

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Have an awesome weekend!

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Two Bx 6 Line Stations Close For 7 Months

Riders at the Buhre Ave & Zerega Ave 6 Train stations will have to make alternate travel plans as their stations will be closed for 7 months due to station renewals. Here is a bit more:

MTA New York City Transit will close the Zerega Av and Buhre Av stations on the 6 line, as part of an ongoing $109 million, renewal project at five stations along the Pelham Line: Castle Hill Av, Zerega Av, Middletown Rd, Buhre Av and Pelham Bay Park. The Zerega Av and Buhre Av stations will be closed in both directions on Saturday, July 5 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain closed until February, 2015.

The station renewal work at the Zerega Av and Buhre Av stations consists of repairing the mezzanines and the street and platform stairs; replacing the platform and street stair canopy roofs and track beds; installing new platform edges, tactile warning strips and ADA boarding areas; painting of the stations; installing pigeon deterrent systems, and other amenities, including artwork.

The Pelham Bay Park station will also undergo renewal work but will not close during repairs. At Pelham Bay Park, repairs will include replacing the platform rubbing board and tactile warning strips, providing new platform canopies; painting the station mezzanine, windscreens and exterior control building and installing a pigeon deterrent system. This work will also begin in July.

In order to provide service for those customers who normally use the Zerega Av and Buhre Av stations, the existing Bx4, Bx8 and Bx24 bus routes, which operate along Westchester Avenue, will provide access to the Castle Hill Av, Westchester Square-East Tremont Av and Middletown Rd stations, all of which will remain open. Customers can travel south from the Zerega Av 6 station via the Bx4 bus to the Castle Hill Av 6 station. Buhre Av 6 station customers can travel south via Bx8 or Bx24 buses to access the Middletown Rd 6 station. Bx4, Bx8 and Bx24 customers will be able to transfer to the subway for free using their MetroCard.

In addition, to compensate for the expected increased ridership on the Bx4, Bx8 and Bx24 buses, supplemental bus service will be provided between the Castle Hill Av, Westchester Square-East Tremont Av, Middletown Rd and Buhre Av 6 line stations during the morning and evening rush hours. As the Bx4, Bx8 and Bx24 buses do not operate during the late night hours, free supplemental shuttle bus service will be provided between these four stations during the overnight hours. This overnight bus service will operate approximately every 20 minutes between the stations from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

We regret the inconvenience this work may cause and appreciate our customers’ patience while we complete these important projects. To ensure that our customers are well-informed of these station closures and alternative service, notices will be posted in all stations along the Pelham 6 line and announcements will be made on all 6 trains. Service notices will also be posted on our website, www.mta.info. A “Take-One” brochure explaining the station closures and outlining alternative service is enclosed for your information.

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NYC Transit July 4th 2014 Service Plan

Here is the July 4th holiday service plan for NYC Transit Buses & Subways:

New York City Subway

On Friday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no R service below Canal St. Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 45 and Fulton St 2345AC stations. There will be increased subway service on the 5, A, C, F, N and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from three barges located between The Manhattan Bridge and Pier 9 (near Old Slip) from 9:25 p.m. to 9:55 p.m.

New York City Buses:

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 4. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes. The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours: M5; M15 SBS; M20; B25 and B63.

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LIRR July 4th 2014 Service Plan

Here is the LIRR service plan for the July 4th holiday weekend:

The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional early-afternoon service from Penn Station, Thursday, July 3, adding eight eastbound trains to the schedule for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday.

The extra early-afternoon trains will depart Penn Station starting at 2:08 p.m and includes three extra trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one extra train on the Port Washington Branch and one extra train on the Far Rockaway Branch.

(LIRR customers are reminded that the LIRR will be operating on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 4.)

Added Afternoon Eastbound Trains for Thursday, July 3
The following service has been added to the eastbound afternoon schedule:

Babylon Branch:

2:32 PM from Penn Station express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon

3:00 PM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, all stops to Babylon

3:31 PM from Penn Station express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch:

2:08 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington.

2:29 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, all stops to Huntington.

3:24 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.

Port Washington Branch:

3:40 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St., then all stops to Great Neck.

Far Rockaway Branch:

3:48 PM stopping at Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Additional Service, Thursday, July 3 to Montauk and Greenport

Customers are reminded that the following eastbound trains, which normally run only on summer Fridays, will also operate on Thursday, including the Cannonball. The Cannonball, and other Friday-only trains, will not operate on Friday, July 4. On that day, the LIRR is running systemwide on a Saturday schedule.

Montauk Branch:

1:43 PM from Penn Station connecting at Jamaica with the train to Montauk

1:49 PM from Hunterspoint stopping at Jamaica, Westhampton and all stops to Montauk.

4:06 PM Cannonball from Penn Station express to Westhampton, then stopping at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk.

5:09 PM from Penn Station will stop at Jamaica and make all stops to Montauk

7:11 PM from Penn Station connecting at Jamaica with the train to Montauk. The Montauk train from Jamaica will stop at Patchogue, Mastic-Shirley, then all stops to Montauk.

Ronkonkoma Branch – Extra Service to Greenport

The 3:55 PM train from Penn Station will connect at Ronkonkoma with the 5:21 PM eastbound train which has been extended to make all stops to Greenport.

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Metro North July 4th 2014 Service Plan

Here is the July 4th holiday weekend service plan for the Metro-North:

Get a jump on the Independence Day holiday weekend with 17 extra getaway trains leaving Grand Central Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.

On Friday, July 4th, Metro-North trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule with extra trains in both directions to get folks to and from the Macy’s Fireworks.

Metro-North even provides extra trains to Rye on the New Haven Line, with shuttle buses to Rye Playland where Westchester County puts on its own spectacular fireworks extravaganza over the Long Island Sound. Come early and enjoy the amusement park. Stay late and see the fireworks, which go off at 9:30 p.m.

After the show, there is additional bus and rail service, with Rye trains making all local stops to Grand Central from 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. July 5. (Hint: Playland also has fireworks on July 3!) For more information, check out our Playland Getaway package at mta.info

There are five Hudson Line getaways, three Harlem Line getaways and nine New Haven Line getaways. Also, there are two extra inbound late PM New Haven Line trains.

After 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, some trains are being combined and canceled.

All extra and canceled trains are shown in the public timetable.

On Friday, when the financial markets closed, Grand Central North entrances also are closed.

On Sunday, Metro-North will operate on a regular Sunday schedule with one extra inbound and one extra outbound evening New Haven Line train. Extra trains are shown in the timetables.

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