Weekend Work Continues On The 7

As you will see in the updated “Service Diversions, a major diversion will be taking place on the 7 Train this weekend as service will be suspended between Queensboro Plaza & 42nd St-Times Square. MTA New York City Transit has more via this press release:

This coming weekend will be the third of three planned service suspensions on the No. 7 Line between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square this summer. There will be no 7 subway service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza from 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 through 5 a.m., Monday, August 1. The E, N, Q, S and free shuttle buses will provide alternate service. The suspension will give us the opportunity to continue addressing problems that have caused service delays over the past several months.

This weekend, customers should use the E, N or Q to travel between Manhattan and Queens. There is a free shuttle bus operating between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza. Q service will be extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31. In Manhattan, the 42nd Street S shuttle will operate overnight throughout the weekend.

Workers will continue upgrading signal components and replacing wiring and signal circuits. New fasteners are being installed and a major clean-up of the roadbed is being performed to correct damage caused by water infiltration. The power system is being upgraded and a comprehensive tunnel wash is being completed.

After we correct these critical issues, we will begin to install a new signaling system – Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) – this fall. CBTC will result in more frequent service, less waiting time, and provide real-time train arrival information at stations.

This project will take several years and require more 7 service changes. Combined with the 7 line extension to the west side of Manhattan, these investments will bring the Flushing Line into the 21st century.

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