Dyre Avenue bound 5 train leaving the Morris Park station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit.
The last few months have seemed extra painful for Bronx riders who use the 5 train during either rush hour period due to express service being suspended. As I noted in March, express service was to be suspended for 18 months due to the rehabilitation of the 180th St station & the $280 million East 180th Street signal modernization project.
Just a short time ago, MTA NYC Transit surprisingly announced that Bronx rush hour express service will be restored as of this Tuesday & lasting until March 2011. Here are the complete details from the press release I received:
MTA New York City Transit officials announced that beginning Tuesday, September 7 and continuing for seven months through March 2011, weekday rush hour 5 express service will be restored in the Bronx.
5 trains will again run express in the peak direction during morning (southbound) and afternoon (northbound) rush hours between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street. Service in Brooklyn and Manhattan remains unchanged, and 2 trains continue to serve Bronx local stops at all times.
This service had been operating local since March 2010 in order to support two projects on the 2 5 lines in the Bronx – the ongoing East 180th Street signal modernization project and the East 180th Street station rehabilitation.
By rescheduling planned work, 5 express service can be temporarily reinstated until April 2011. At that time, 5 service will again operate local in the Bronx until August 2011. Work on these projects will also cause weekend service changes to occur.
xoxo Transit Blogger