Just a little after midnight, I received word from MTA NYC Transit that train service would resume at 5AM, a week after the brick facade collapse at 181st Street. While service will resume, the 181st Street station itself will remain closed until further notice & shuttle buses will still run between 168th Street & 191st Street. Here are the complete details:
No. 1 Line subway service will resume at 5 a.m., Monday in time for the morning rush. However, due to the ongoing work at 181st Street, that station will remain closed until further notice.
A weekend inspection of the 168th Street station by MTA New York City Transit revealed some areas of concern that have been stabilized prior to the restoration of subway service but will necessitate another closure next weekend. The decision to inspect the station’s walls and ceilings was made because it is of similar design and construction to 181st Street and we were able to take advantage of the service disruption.
Performed painstakingly, much of it by hand, the inspection revealed some areas of brickwork in the station’s vaulted segment that we felt prudent to stabilize until we can perform further inspection and evaluation. Additionally, NYC Transit maintenance workers were called in to stabilize areas of loose plaster, concrete and brick in the extension part of the northbound platform. Further inspection and repair work will be performed at the station next weekend and it will be ongoing between 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 29th and 5 a.m., Monday August 31st .
During that period, it will be necessary once again for customers to either use A Line service, if possible, or use a temporary bus shuttle between Dyckman Street and 137th Street. Customers are reminded that while No. 1 service is running again, trains will continue to bypass the 181st Street Station and shuttle bus service remains in operation along St. Nicholas Avenue between 168th Street and 191st Street.
Stay tuned for any further updates.
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