If you are one of the many who count on my “Service Diversions” page for the latest scheduled diversions or happened to ride the 5 today, you would have noticed how express service in the Bronx was not running. Earlier today I received information from MTA New York City Transit as to why it was suspended. The suspension is part of a complete signal modernization of the 180th Street signal system. Here are the complete details:
MTA NYC Transit announced that beginning today, Monday, August 24, 2009 and continuing until Friday, November 13, 2009, there is no express subway service on the 5 line between the 3rd Avenue/East 149th Street station and the East 180th Street station.
In addition, during the afternoon rush hour, four of the northbound 5 trains that normally operate to the Nereid Avenue station will terminate at East 180th Street. Customers traveling on these 5 trains will have to transfer to northbound 2 trains at East 180th Street or other Nereid Avenue-bound 5 trains for stations on the White Plains Road line.
The three month suspension of express service is necessary in order to accommodate the ongoing $280 million East 180th Street Signal Modernization Project. The scope of work includes the reconfiguration of track, installation of new signal equipment, the construction of a new relay room and additional Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) functionality for the Dyre/White Plains Road line. NYC Transit regrets any inconvenience to our customers and appreciates their patience while this work is underway.
xoxo Transit Blogger