FASTRACK Comes To The G

The highly successful MTA NYC Transit FASTRACK program will be making its 2014 debut on Monday as it comes to the G Train which will have no service between Bedford-Nostrand Avs & Church Av. Here are the complete details via press release:

On Monday, January 6, for the first time, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the G line in Brooklyn. G service will be suspended between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, January 6 to early Friday morning, January 10. Free shuttle buses, and F trains provide alternate service via Jay St-MetroTech.

Travel Alternatives:

• Free shuttle buses operate between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and the Jay St-MetroTech F station making station stops at Classon Av, Clinton-Washington Avs, Fulton St, and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

• Transfer between G trains and free shuttle buses at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

• Take the F for service between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av.

• Transfer between free shuttle buses and F trains at Jay St-MetroTech.

• A service is also available between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Jay St-MetroTech.

FASTRACK has been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods. Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish. Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/fastrack_G.htm

FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks.

Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the 1 line between 96 St and Dyckman St beginning Monday night, January 13 and ending early Friday morning, January 17.

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LIRR & Metro-North Service Plan Info

I just got word from the MTA in regards to the service plans for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) & Metro-North Railroad tomorrow:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will operate on reduced schedules tomorrow in anticipation of limited ridership during the winter blizzard and dangerous blizzard-like conditions overnight. The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a weekend schedule. Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule (without the trains marked as Shoppers’ Specials).

“The safety of MTA riders and employees is the top priority of the MTA,” said Governor Cuomo. “MTA employees have been out sanding and salting platforms and walkways, but conditions can become difficult quickly during a winter storm. We encourage all who must travel tomorrow to step carefully on platforms and walkways and hold handrails when walking on steps.”

Depending on the time of day, these schedules provide about 60 percent of normal weekday trains.

Tomorrow, as on weekends, the LIRR will not provide train service on the West Hempstead Branch or east of Ronkonkoma on the Ronkonkoma Branch. Substitute bus service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport will be provided.

Two ferry services operated under contract to Metro-North, the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry, will not operate tomorrow. Hudson RailLink at Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale will operate on a special schedule.

Customers looking for specific train schedules should look to mta.info or their printed weekend timetables for the LIRR or Saturday timetables for Metro-North. This information also is available via Metro-North Train Time and LIRR Train Time apps for iOS and Android. The MTA’s homepage at mta.info, has been reconfigured so that it is completely devoted to weather-related information.

We urge customers to consider staying home tomorrow. Those looking to travel tomorrow should visit mta.info or our mobile apps for the latest service status before heading out and sign up for the latest service alerts via email and text message. To sign up for service alerts, visit mymtaalerts.com.

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Metro-North Service Plan For Tonight

Just received word a few minutes ago from the Metro-North on what their service plan is for tonight:

Due to the predicted severity of the winter storm, Metro-North is reducing service after 8 PM. At the end of the PM peak, Metro-North intends to provide hourly service on all three lines.

After midnight, locals and expresses will be combined with all local service to New Haven and Southeast and to Croton, where customers will transfer for local, diesel, service to Poughkeepsie.
Ridership Thursday was about 25% below a normal weekday, due mostly to the holiday week.

The reduced service will allow the railroad to store between 100-120 rail cars inside the protection of Grand Central Terminal and shelter them from the blowing snow. In addition, fewer trains in service will reduce the possibility of trains from becoming stranded.

The best way to stay informed about service status is to subscribe to up-to-the-minute service alerts from Metro-North. Sign up for at mymtaalerts.com to receive email or text messages.

Following are the service changes for tonight, after 8 PM:

Hudson Line:

The 7:57 PM semi-express train to Croton-Harmon is canceled. Customers may use the 7:59 PM local train to Croton-Harmon.

The 8:33 PM semi-express train to Croton-Harmon is combined with the 8:37 PM local train to Greystone, which will make all stops to Croton-Harmon.

The 9:13 PM express train to Croton-Harmon is canceled. Customers may use the 9:20 PM local train to Croton-Harmon.

The 9:47 PM train to Poughkeepsie is combined with the 9:50 train to Croton-Harmon, which will continue on to Poughkeepsie and make the stops of both trains.

The 10:47 PM train to Poughkeepsie is combined with the 10:51 train to Croton-Harmon, which will continue on to Poughkeepsie and make the stops of both trains.

The 12:47 AM train to Poughkeepsie is canceled. Customers may use the 1:12 AM local train to Croton-Harmon, which will connect at Croton-Harmon with a shuttle to Poughkeepsie.

Harlem Line:

The 9:00 PM train to North White Plains is canceled. Customers may take the 8:25 PM or 9:25 PM trains to North White Plains.

The 9:22 PM train to Southeast is canceled. Customers may take the 8:52 PM or 9:52 PM trains to Southeast.

The 10:00 PM train to North White Plains is canceled. Customers may take the 9:25 PM or 10:33 PM trains to North White Plains.

The 10:22 PM train to Southeast is canceled. Customers may take the 9:52 PM or 11:04 PM trains to Southeast.

The 11:13 PM train to North White Plains is canceled. Customers may take the 10:33 PM or 11: 45 PM trains to North White Plains.

The 12:30 AM local train to North White Plains is combined with the 1:05 AM train to Southeast, which will make all local stops from Fordham to Southeast.

The 1:15 AM train to North White Plains is canceled. Customers may take the 1:05 AM train to Southeast (which will make local stops) or 1:57 AM train to Southeast.

New Haven Line Inbound:

The 8:33 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal is canceled. Customers may take the 8:03 PM or 9:03 PM trains from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal.

The 9:33 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal is canceled. Customers may take the 9:03 PM or 10:03 PM trains from Stamford to Grand Central Terminal.

New Haven Line Outbound:

The 8:04 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 8:07 PM train to New Haven.

The 9:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 8:40 PM or 9:40 PM trains to Stamford.

The 9:34 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 9:07 PM or 10:07 PM trains to New Haven.

The 10:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 9:40 PM or 10:40 PM trains to Stamford.

The 10:31 PM train to New Haven is canceled. Customers may take the 10:07 PM or 11:22 PM trains to New Haven.

The 11:10 PM train to Stamford is canceled. Customers may take the 10:40 PM or 11:40 PM trains to Stamford.

The 12:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 12:09 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.

The 1:07 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:09 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.

The 1:47 AM train to New Haven is combined with the 1:53 AM train to Stamford, which will make all local stops to New Haven.

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Service Diversions 12-27-13

Get a head start on your plans for the final weekend of 2013 as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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Have a safe & wonderful weekend!

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Merry Christmas

I would like to take this moment to wish each & every reader a Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate! Thank you for the continued support as it is extremely appreciated.

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