Late Sunday night, a collapse of the brick facade from the ceiling above the tracks at the 181st Street station on the occurred. This led to service being suspended through the area & forcing the line to run in two sections. Within the last 10-15 minutes, I received an update from MTA Spokesman Paul Fleuranges to share with my readers:
Due to a collapse of the brick façade from the ceiling above the tracks at the 181st Street station, and the continuing repair operations at the station, 1 train service will remain suspended until further notice. The cause of the ceiling collapse remains under investigation. A contractor is mobilizing to remove any remaining loose brick and make temporary repairs, but those repairs will take several days to complete. 1 service will not resume until it is safe to operate trains through the area.
Customers in Upper Manhattan who can use the A Line at stations between 207th Street and 168th Street are strongly urged to do so to in order to avoid overcrowding on the 1 Line during both the morning and evening rush hour periods.
1 train service will continue to operate in two sections, with a FREE shuttle bus in operation between affected stations in Upper Manhattan:
• 1 train service will operate in both directions between South Ferry and 168th St
• FREE Shuttle buses will operate between 168th St and Dyckman St
• 1 train service will operate in both directions between Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd St and Dyckman St, skipping 207th street. Customers at 207th Street should use the A for downtown instead.
• The M3 bus, which operates along St. Nicholas Avenue, will be FARE FREE for northbound customers 168th Street; in both directions at 181st Street, and; southbound at 191st Street.
This suspension in service will continue to have an impact on wheelchair customers who rely on the 1 train. Those customers are advised to do the following:
• Customers who use wheelchairs seeking Manhattan bound service at 231st Street should call 1-800-834-1173 and make arrangements for a shuttle bus to take them to 207th Street, where they can transfer to the A for downtown service
• Customers who use wheelchairs heading northbound on the 1 should transfer at 72nd Street to the M5 bus to 168th Street. At 168th Street they can transfer to a free shuttle bus that will take them to stops heading northbound. Another option for these customers would be to take the A train to 168th Street where they can transfer to a FREE shuttle bus that will make all 1 station stops heading northbound
1 line customers should add additional time to their commute during this outage. We apologize for the inconvenience. Additional Transit personnel will be on hand at both the 168th Street and Dyckman Street stations on the 1 line to assist customers with travel information.
I will post further updates as they come in.
xoxo Transit Blogger