MTA Prepares For Potential NJ Transit Strike

With NJ Transit talks at the boiling point & nearing a potential strike, the MTA has announced preparations in case one occurs. Here are the details via the presser I received:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that a potential NJ TRANSIT work stoppage starting on or after Sunday, March 13, could mean some transportation changes for New Yorkers. Customers should stay informed throughout the duration of any event by signing up for service alerts at, monitoring Service Status on, or following the MTA’s social media feeds listed at

Because NJ TRANSIT operates the trains that serve Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line in Orange and Rockland Counties, N.Y., those lines would not operate during a work stoppage. Metro-North has arranged service options for its customers that could begin 24 hours after a strike is announced. Details are below.

MTA New York City Transit will evaluate road conditions on a daily basis and to avoid traffic congestion could reroute express buses that normally travel through New Jersey between Staten Island and Manhattan. The following routes could instead travel through Brooklyn in the mornings and evenings: X17J, X21, X22, X22A, X30. Also the X31 could be rerouted through Brooklyn in the evenings only.

New York City Transit also will add additional station personnel at subway stations near PATH train stations and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, including 14 St-6 Av, 34 St-Herald Sq, 42 St-Times Square, 42 St-8 Av and World Trade Center. The MTA advises customers to expect longer lines at MetroCard vending machines and urges customers to purchase MetroCards in advance.

As a precaution, MTA Bridges and Tunnels is preparing staff and equipment to handle additional traffic if it should materialize at any of the MTA’s nine crossings.

Options for Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line Customers

Metro-North’s customers from west of the Hudson River should anticipate crowded conditions and long commute times. Metro-North strongly urges customers to consider the following options:

• Discuss telecommuting or flex time options with your employer

• Stay with family or friends in New York for access to available public transportation services

• Connect with others willing to carpool by using New York State’s Rideshare tool at

• Use existing bus services

For those Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line customers who do wish to travel, Metro-North would provide limited service options.

Shuttle Bus Service to Metro-North’s Hudson Line

In the event of an NJTRANSIT rail work stoppage, Metro-North would provide limited, peak-direction shuttle bus service between Rockland and Orange Counties and the Hudson Line during rush hours only. There will be no off-peak, weekend or reverse commute service.

Shuttle bus service will operate from three locations:

• Middletown-Town of Wallkill Metro-North Station. This bus will travel to Metro-North’s Beacon Station.

• Harriman Metro-North Station. This bus will travel to Metro-North’s Tarrytown Station.

• Palisades Center in West Nyack. This bus will also travel to Metro-North’s Tarrytown Station.

MTA employees will be at all three shuttle bus locations to assist customers; Metro-North will post additional temporary signs to help direct customers as well.

Metro-North’s Cross-Hudson Ferries & Limited Parking Opportunities

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry, which are operated by New York Waterway under contract to Metro-North, will operate on their regular schedules. Both ferries offer departures that are timed to connect with specific trains on Metro-North’s Hudson Line. Schedules are available at these links:

• Newburgh-Beacon Ferry:

• Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry:

Metro-North cannot guarantee the availability of parking at the Newburgh Ferry Dock or the Haverstraw Ferry Dock, and recommends that customers carpool or get dropped off.

Some parking may also be available at two Metro-North stations in Westchester County.

• Cortlandt, on the Hudson Line, which under good traffic conditions is a 15-minute drive via U.S. Route 202 and U.S. Route 9 from the Bear Mountain Bridge

• North White Plains, on the Harlem Line, not far from Interstate 287 Exit 6

Metro-North to Cross-Honor Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line Tickets

Conductors on Metro-North’s east of Hudson lines – the Hudson Line, Harlem Line and New Haven Line – will cross-honor Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line tickets. Valid tickets for Port Jervis Line or Pascack Valley Line trains will be required to board the shuttle buses. Metro-North urges customers to plan ahead, because ticket vending machines at West-of-Hudson stations will not operate during the strike.

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Service Diversions 02-26-16

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I have just updated the Service Diversions for this weekend & through the end of next week.

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The W Will Live Again

W Train
The MTA announced that it is looking to bring back the W train line when the Q begins to run on 2nd Ave.

In news that might be a bit nostalgic for transit buffs out there, the MTA announced that the W Train will return to service when the Q Train begins to run on 2nd Ave. Here is more via the press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit is proposing to hold a public hearing on restoring the W Line in Queens and Manhattan this fall, in order to allow the Q Line to begin serving the Second Avenue Subway between 63rd and 96th streets when it opens later this year.

The Second Avenue Subway’s first phase will serve the existing F Line station at Lexington Av/63 St as well as three new stations at 72 St, 86 St and 96 St., integrating them as one system into the existing subway network – an unprecedented accomplishment in the MTA’s modern existence.

MTA Capital Construction will also award final contract modifications on work for the first phase in line with the established budget for the project. Both measures will be presented to the MTA Board for approval at public meetings next week.

“With every day’s work on the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA gets closer to fulfilling a promise first made to New Yorkers in 1929,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “Opening the Second Avenue Subway will provide new options for our customers and relieve congestion on Lexington Avenue 456 trains.”

MTA Capital Construction continues to reach important construction milestones along Second Avenue. The 96 St Station has been fully energized with a permanent power supply, after successfully switching over from temporary construction power. In addition, the project’s final track crossover was completed north of the 72 St Station, allowing trains to switch tracks when necessary.

Adding the W Line to the system will provide more choices to Queens and Manhattan customers who use the Broadway NQR Lines, as well as allow New York City Transit to prepare for a seamless transition and connection of service between those lines and the Second Avenue Subway. New York City Transit is proposing to hold a public hearing on this service proposal in spring, in order to implement it by fall.

The proposed service changes would return the W to Astoria, where it will operate local service into Manhattan and terminate at Whitehall St. The line would effectively replace Q service in Queens. The Q Line will temporarily terminate at 57 St/7 Av, but will continue to 96 St upon completion of the Second Avenue Subway. In addition, N trains will operate express in Manhattan from 34 St-Herald Sq to Canal St, a change from its current local service in Manhattan. R service would remain unchanged.

More details of the proposed service changes are listed below:

• N Line: Service in Queens and Brooklyn remains the same, but trains operate express in Manhattan on weekdays during peak hours, midday and evenings.

• Q Line: Northern terminus temporarily changed to 57 St/7 Ave until the Second Avenue Subway opens. At that point, trains will operate from 96 St in Manhattan to Coney Island-Stillwell Av in Brooklyn, stopping at: 86 St, 72 St, Lexington Av/63 St, 57 St/7 Av and all express stops on the Broadway Line in Manhattan. During late nights, the Q will run local between Brooklyn and Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge. Service in Brooklyn remains the same.

• R Line: No service changes.

• W Line: Restoration of weekday service, making all local stops from Astoria-Ditmars Blvd to Whitehall St via the Broadway Line. No service on weekends or late night.

The proposed service changes will provide a cross-platform transfer to the F Line at Lexington Av/63 St, giving customers an easy transfer to and from the Second Avenue Subway that will help alleviate current overcrowding conditions on the Lexington Avenue Line. The changes, including the restoration of the W, maintain service frequency and loading guidelines for customers in Astoria and avoid significant deviations from current service that might confuse customers on those affected lines. Customers on the Broadway Line will also benefit from an increase in choices for express and local service in Manhattan.

If the changes are approved, they will be implemented in fall 2016. The new terminus for the Q Line would be implemented after the Second Avenue Subway opens, with the extension of Q service to 96 St.

The cost for these service changes is approximately $13.7 million annually, which has been incorporated into NYC Transit’s approved budget.

W service was previously eliminated as part of service cuts implemented by the MTA in 2010 as a result of a global economic downturn that led to significant decreases in funding across all MTA agencies.

I have to admit that as a transit enthusiast, I am excited to hear about the return of this line. I actually used it a lot during its existence as it ran pretty decently & most times I could always get a seat even during rush hour which is saying something!

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NYC Transit President’s Day Service Info

Here is the President’s Day 2016 service plan info for MTA NYC Transit:

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some planned subway service changes:

• 2 trains operate in two sections: Between Flatbush Av and E 180 St, then via the 5 to/from Dyre Av, and between E 180 St and Wakefield-241 St.

• 3 trains are suspended between Harlem-148 St and 96 St. Take the 2 and free shuttle buses instead.

• Bronx-bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

• A trains are suspended in both directions between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd. Shuttle buses operate between Euclid Av and Lefferts Blvd making all station stops.

• Brooklyn-bound F trains run skip 169 St.

• Brooklyn-bound F trains run via the E line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

• J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St. Take 46F trains and free shuttle buses. Free shuttle buses operate between Hewes St and Essex St.

• Q trains are suspended between 57 St-7 Av and Kings Hwy. Free shuttle buses operate between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

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