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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 4:10 AM

 

MTA Announces Creation of Blue-Ribbon Panel to Combat Fare Evasion
“Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Reduce Fare Evasion Across Subways, Buses, Commuter Rails and Bridge and Tunnel Crossings  
Farebox and Toll Revenue Accounts for 50% of MTA’s Operating Budget; Fare Evasion Projected to Cost the Authority $500 Million This Year 
At a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair and CEO Janno Lieber announced the creation of a blue-ribbon panel that will develop fresh approaches to reducing fare evasion across the entire MTA system of subways, buses, commuter rails, bridges and tunnels. Members of the “Fareness” panel will focus on innovative approaches to encourage fare payment through education, equity, and enforcement. The panel will also look at how technological, design, and personnel solutions can help limit fare evasion. 
Farebox and toll revenue account for 50% of the MTA’s operating budget. In recent years, fare evasion has nearly tripled on the subway from about 3% to more than 12%. On buses, approximately 1 out of every 3 bus riders evades the fare. Fare evasion on bridge and tunnel crossings has also become an issue with an increase in fake and obscured license plates designed to evade tolling cameras. 
“Our New York sense of fairness and community is violated when rule-abiding, honest folks – people who tap or swipe because they know it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s a stretch economically – see others dodging the fare,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “What hardworking, fare paying New Yorkers tell us, in a word, is that seeing fare evasion makes them feel like suckers. Fare evasion is a problem we need to solve together. That’s why I am convening a panel of distinguished New Yorkers to take a deep dive into the issue. The goal is to hit the reset button on how we approach fare evasion at the MTA and across government.” 
The panel will review approaches that can combat fare evasion with a focus on three key areas: education, equity, and enforcement. 
Education 
To better spread the word that paying the fare is the right thing to do, the panel will look at creative ways to communicate that message to customers of all ages. Communication across all platforms will be discussed to address fare evasion, which has become an increasing problem among a diverse array of customers across the socioeconomic spectrum. 
Equity 
The panel will explore how the MTA can work with City partners to expand access to the MTA system for low-income New Yorkers so that no one is denied connections to jobs and educational opportunities due to an inability to pay. One approach will be to take a fresh look at the City’s Fair Fares program, which provides MetroCards discounted at 50% of the regular fare to New Yorkers living below the poverty line.  
Only 200,000 of the 800,000 New Yorkers who qualify for Fair Fares take advantage of the program. Working with the City, the MTA will push for more New Yorkers to enroll in Fair Fares by making it more inclusive and easier to access. 
Enforcement 
A law enforcement presence in the transit system keeps customers safe and deters fare evasion. Critics of past approaches to fare evasion enforcement have raised serious questions about equity and racial justice. The panel will look at those questions and recommend fresh solutions that respond to them – considering, for example, greater use of civil penalties; possible increased reliance on civilian MTA staff to do fare compliance checks; and reserving criminal law enforcement for the most serious cases of recidivism or of evasion linked to violent crime. 
The panel’s efforts will include partnering with the five district attorneys’ offices to seek a uniform five-borough approach to what will and won’t be charged and under what circumstances. 
Announced Today “Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panelists 
·David Banks, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education 
·Matthew Fishbein, Former Executive Assistant District Attorney, Kings County; former partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; former Chief of Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York and former First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York 
·Michael Hardy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Action Network 
·David Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society; MTA Board Member 
·Roger Maldonado, Partner, Smith Gambrell LLP; former president, New York City Bar Association 
·Melva Miller, CEO, Association for a Better New York 
·Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, COO, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research, NYU  
·Kate Slevin, Executive Vice President, Regional Plan Association  
·Michael Sonberg, Retired Judge, New York City Criminal Court and Retired Acting Justice, New York Supreme Court; former President, International Association of LGBTQ Judges 
·Natalia Quintero, Senior VP of Innovation, Partnership for the City of New York and Founding Director of Transit Innovation Lab 
·Zachary Tumin, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives 
·Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation 
Additional members of the panel may be added at a later date.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:37 AM

ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces Q70 Bus to LaGuardia Airport Will Be Free for all Riders Beginning May 1

 Expansion Would Extend Fare-Free Q70 Service to be Year-Round
 
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that she is directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to extend the Q70 LaGuardia link bus service fee waiver from selected holiday weeks to the full year. The LaGuardia Link connects subway customers from the 74 Street-Broadway/Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue subway station with the airport in just 10 minutes. It also connects Long Island Rail Roadcustomers from Woodside Station, at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue, where Q70 bus service begins. 
 
"While we continue working to create a world-class transit option that's worthy of a whole new LaGuardia Airport, we're taking action right now to make it easier to get to the airport by making the Q70 bus service free for all riders starting May 1," Governor Hochul said. "This not only adds cash back into riders' wallets, it serves as an attractive, cost efficient, and greener option to travel to LaGuardia while we work on longer-term solutions."
 
Previously, the LaGuardia Link was offered as a free service on select weekends and holidays to assist in alleviating roadway congestion and incentivize travelers to use public transportation instead. The MTA will be working with the Port Authority to maximize the effectiveness of the year-round program.

 

The Q70 runs 24 hours a day and has special luggage racks for people traveling to and from the airport. It runs approximately every 10 minutes during daytime hours and provides a direct non-stop trip to LaGuardia Terminals B, C, and D from the 74 Street-Broadway/Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue subway station which serves the efmr, & 7 subway lines.  All LIRR branches provide service options to Woodside Station, where customers can transfer to the LaGuardia Link Q70.

 

 
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, "The Governor's support for the MTA and our customers is truly appreciated. She recognizes the importance of public transit and what that means to New Yorkers. We saw that reflected in her appearance today at the Board meeting and announcement of a fare-free connection to LaGuardia via the Q70 bus."
 
Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Rick Cotton said, "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey welcomes Governor Hochul's decision to make the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus to LaGuardia Airport free on a full-time basis for the foreseeable future. Since 2016, the Port Authority has partnered with the MTA for free fare days on the Q70 during periods of peak travel. Meanwhile, the Port Authority is working expeditiously to complete the Governor's request for a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport, which is focused on 14 alternatives that were presented to the public last month."

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, April 29, 2022 4:45 AM

 

68 Bus Operators Complete Training at Zerega Bus Depot 
Class Is Part of a Push to Rebuild Front Line Workforce in Aftermath of Pandemic-Induced Hiring Freeze
Bus Operators, Train Operators and Conductors Expected to Reach Pre-Pandemic Staffing Levels Second Quarter of 2022

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the graduation of 68 bus operators following their successful completion of training at the Zerega Training Center in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. The latest class of bus operators exemplifies New York City Transit’s (NYCT) commitment to strengthen its workforce while also reinforcing frequency of bus service. This commencement marked the formal end of a rigorous six weeks of intensive training which began on March 13, 2022. 

The graduation comes as New York City Transit Bus and MTA Bus Company combined ridership continues to improve up to pre-pandemic levels with bus ridership soaring above one million riders on multiple days during the month of April. Bus performance also continues to improve this year, with service delivery reaching above 96% for the month of March and average above 93%, so far, this calendar year. The new influx of bus operators is happening as MTA Bus continues to see wait assessment times and other key indicators showing improvements from the previous month. 

In addition to the release of the newly developed Queens Bus Network Redesign’s New Draft Plan last month and a celebration of Earth Day with the showcasing of one of our all-electric articulated buses at the New York International Auto Show, the MTA is committed to enhancing bus networks in every borough while maintaining ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

“We are so proud of the newest class of New York City Transit bus operators and welcome the new drivers to our extraordinary team,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “This latest graduating class symbolizes our aggressive hiring and training efforts in making more buses available to customers, shortening wait times and providing more service each day.”

“I am excited and proud to welcome our newest New York City Transit bus operators,”said MTA Bus Company Acting President and New York City Transit Department of Buses Senior Vice President Frank Annicaro. “Whether its providing critical service in times of crisis to the rollout of our zero-emission fleet there is no more of a better time to join this incredible workforce.”

The new employees join 739 bus operators who recently completed their training, and the hundreds of NYCT workers who are expected to be onboarded in the months ahead, part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly grow the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors. A hiring freeze, necessitated by a fiscal crisis that developed during the pandemic, depleted the ranks of bus operators with many veteran workers retiring or leaving their frontline posts. 

The new graduating class of bus operators will officially begin behind the wheel on April 29. 

The MTA operates more than 5,800 buses that run across 329 routes, carries 16% of the nation’s bus riders, and represents the largest municipal fleet in the nation. In 2019, New York City buses carried more passengers than Los Angeles Metro, Chicago CTA, and San Francisco SFMTA combined.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, May 6, 2022 7:32 AM

 

5 May, 2022
 
MTA Announces Reopening of Clark Street 2/3 Station Following Conclusion of Elevator Replacement Work
Station Reopened on Schedule Following the Installation of Three State-of-the-Art Elevators

MTA Construction & Development Accelerated Replacement of All Three Elevators

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the Clark Street 23 subway station in Brooklyn Heights reopened for service on Wednesday, May 4, following the replacement of all three elevators serving the station with new, state-of-the-art elevators. The closure lasted from Wednesday, November 3 through Wednesday, May 4. By replacing all three elevators at the same time, the duration of the project was dramatically accelerated, avoiding two years of service unpredictability. 

Because Clark Street is a deep cavern station accessible only by elevator, subway service bypassed the station for the duration of the project. The closure lasted 183 days, and work was completed on schedule. 

These elevator replacements were the latest milestones in the MTA’s ongoing plan to bolster elevator reliability at subway stations throughout the transit system as part of the Authority’s historic 2020-2024 Capital Plan. 

“I am thrilled that we were able to reopen the Clark Street station on schedule - and within budget - to deliver Brooklyn Heights customers modern and reliable elevators for years to come,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “This project shows how the MTA is?making good on the commitment to deliver construction projects faster, better, and cheaper.” 

“Enhanced elevator service at Clark Street is a big step forward in bringing a reliable transit system to our riders,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “We are excited to welcome our riders back to this station.” 

“Replacing century-old elevators with new, state-of-the-art elevators under a dramatically compressed schedule to minimize impacts to riders and the surrounding community is a monumental achievement,” said MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “By replacing all three elevators at once, we were able to accelerate these enhancements for customers, delivering a critical modernization project and bringing reliable service back to Clark Street in the shortest possible time.” 

The elevators had been in service for more than 100 years and reached the end of their useful lives. In 2000, the station was bypassed for five months to replace controllers and cabs and repair three motors, but this most recent work constituted the first full replacement of the Clark Street elevator systems in over a century. 

NYC Transit originally presented the community with alternatives that would have led to repair work lasting 22 to 24 months and would have attempted to maintain train service during construction work. Under these scenarios, technicians would have worked on one elevator at a time, leaving two elevators in service. But because two elevators are needed to safely maintain train service to this deep cavern station that lacks stairway access, crews would have had to suddenly and unpredictably suspend train service whenever one of the two remaining elevators was taken out of service.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, May 27, 2022 7:19 AM

Starting Saturday, May 28, 2022, Metro-North is restoring weekend and holiday service to/from Breakneck Ridge. There will be six northbound trains in the morning and five southbound trains in the evening stopping at the station. Thank you for your patience while we made safety enhancements. Happy (hiking) trails to you!

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:35 AM

So now Yonkers and White Plains commuters ca "ditch" Metro North and rise free busses?

 

Westchester joins Rockland County in offering free buses. Rockland has allowed free rides after suspending fare at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Bee-Line's free rides are also valid on the Bee-Line ParaTransit system, as well as the BxM4C express bus into Manhattan. The BxM4C has stops in White Plains, Greenburgh and Yonkers before going down the Major Deegan Expressway into New York City. However, riders must pay to transfer onto New York City buses and trains. 

 

The Bee-Line serves over 27 million passengers annually as New York state’s second largest public bus fleet. There are over 3,300 bus stops and almost 60 routes. 

 

For more information about the free rides program, call 914-813-7777 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

This story was updated with more information.

 

Eduardo Cuevas covers diversity, equity and inclusion in Westchester and Rockland counties. He can be reached at EMCuevas1@lohud.com and followed on Twitter @eduardomcuevas.

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 2, 2022 8:23 AM

But a good friend commented:

 

I’d rather take Train #916 (0712 White Plains) which arrives in GCT at 0745 than the 0705 Bx4Mc which arrives at the NY Public Library stop (closest to GCT) at 0824

 

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:56 AM

For Pete's sake, how long is it going to take to "restore service"? The pandemic is over and has been for some time!

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 1:09 AM

"For Pete's Sake" they are doing better than Amtrak or the airlines.  And should full service be restored as long as ridership is noticeably below normal?

But here is  part of the answer:

 
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Graduation Day for New Group of Train Operators 

 

Class Accelerates Front Line Workforce Regrowth Following Pandemic-Induced Hiring Freeze   

New Train Operators Join Hundreds of Bus Operators, Train Operators and Conductors Who Completed Training in 2021 and 2022 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that 10 new subway train operators graduated following their successful completion of training at the New York City Transit Learning Center in Brooklyn.     

These operators will help New York City Transit tackle crew shortages and bolster the frequency of subway service. This marked the end of months of intensive training for operators that began in November 2021. The graduation took place as New York City Transit Subway ridership hovers between 50% and 60% of pre-pandemic levels.    

“This class of train operators highlights the MTA’s focus on hiring and training improvements to achieve pre-pandemic staffing levels.” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “I am proud to welcome the newest group of New York City Transit train operators; together we will provide faster and more reliable service for our customers.” 

“Riders coming back to the system deserve reliable service, and these operators will help address the staffing challenges we’ve experienced,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow. “Since the early days of the pandemic, train operators have been part of the group that kept the city moving, and I am excited to see this new group help bring the city back.” 

The new employees join the hundreds of bus and train operators and conductors who recently completed their training — part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly grow the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors. A hiring freeze, necessitated by a fiscal crisis that developed during the pandemic, depleted the ranks of train operators with many veteran workers retiring or leaving their frontline posts. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 16, 2022 3:50 AM

 

Weekend ridership is recovering quicker than weekday.  Elsewhere as well?

 

MTA Commuter Railroads Set Pandemic-Era Ridership Records on Tuesday, June 14

 

Metro-North and LIRR Combine to Carry Over 365,000 Customers on Tuesday 

Records Follow Strong Weekend When LIRR Became First Agency to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Ridership and Metro-North Carried 99% of Pre-Pandemic Ridership on Saturday, June 11 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad set pandemic-era ridership records on Tuesday, June 14. The LIRR carried 191,197 riders, or 66% of pre-pandemic ridership, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 187,800 set on June 10. Metro-North carried 174,340 riders on Tuesday, 67% of pre-pandemic ridership, surpassing its previous record of 163,900 set on May 24. 

The weekday record follows a strong weekend for both commuter railroads. On Saturday June 11, the day of the Belmont Stakes, the LIRR became the first MTA public transportation agency to surpass its baseline pre-pandemic levels. That day, the railroad carried approximately 117,900 riders, 105% of its pre-pandemic baseline. Metro-North enjoyed similar success, carrying approximately 95,100 riders, about 99% of its pre-pandemic baseline. Since the Breakneck Ridge station reopened on May 28, Metro-North has carried 90% of its pre-pandemic ridership on back-to-back weekends. 

“We’re thrilled to see our weekday riders continue to return in record numbers. This shows that while leisure travel has been very strong throughout the pandemic, the market for office commutation is regaining strength as well,” said Metro-North President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “With fare discounts, City Ticket expansion, and great weather, the LIRR and Metro-North anticipate setting more records in the near future.” 

The MTA continues to encourage riders to return to the rails with fare discounts. On March 1, both LIRR and Metro-North rolled out fare offerings including a 10 percent discount for monthly passes, a new 20-trip ticket that saves 20% on regular peak one-way fares, and City Ticket, which offers a reduced, flat fare of $5.00 for rail travel within New York City on weekends, was extended to include all weekday off-peak trains.

 
 
 
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, June 27, 2022 4:19 PM
Metro-North Railroad to Expand Service Starting July 10
Hudson Line Will Have Two New P.M. Peak Trains
New A.M. Reverse-Peak Express Train to Come to the Harlem Line
New Haven Line Will Have Additional Service, Including Four New Trains Between Harrison and Grand Central
MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi today announced that new train schedules that will take effect Sunday, July 10, will add additional trains systemwide. The schedules include four new New Haven Line local trains between Harrison and Grand Central, two new evening peak trains on the Hudson Line, a new morning reverse-peak express train on the Harlem Line, and enhancements that will speed other trains.
“As more riders return to the system, more trains return as well,” Rinaldi said. “Metro-North is adding trains at key times which allows the railroad to make other trains faster. These changes make service more convenient and a more attractive option.”
Details follow.
New Haven Line: 
·  In the evening, the 5:12 p.m. and 6:19 p.m. trains making all local stops from Harrison to Grand Central have been restored to provide additional service options from Westchester County stations to the Bronx and Manhattan.
·  The 8:59 a.m. and 9:24 a.m. trans from Stamford that made all local stops to Grand Central will become limited-stop local trains, reducing their trip time by 7-8 minutes. Two local trains are added between Harrison and Grand Central, with a transfer at Harrison between the limited-stop trains and the local trains.
·  Additional service between New Haven and Grand Central, and on the Waterbury Branch.
Hudson Line:
Hudson Line customers will see two new peak trains in the evening, designed to fill an existing gap in limited-stop service in the Lower Hudson zone, as well as an additional stop at Yankees-E 153rd St station on a northbound rush-hour train. On weekends, six half-hourly trains between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie are suspended until late September to provide track-access time for crucial infrastructure work in the Bronx between Yankees-E 153rd St and Spuyten Duyvil; Grand Central-Poughkeepsie service will continue to operate hourly all day. 
·  The 7:28 p.m. and 8:32 p.m. trains from Grand Central that made all local stops to Croton-Harmon will become limited-stop local trains, reducing their trip time by 6-8 minutes. Two local trains are added between Grand Central and Greystone, with a transfer at Yonkers between the local stations and the limited-stop trains. 
·  The 5:20 p.m. train from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon adds a stop at Yankees-E 153rd St at 5:34 p.m. to provide improved service to riders leaving the borough-government and commercial area near the station.
·  Six weekend half-hourly trains between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie are suspended until the end of September to provide track-access time for crucial infrastructure work in the Bronx between Yankees-E 153rd St and Spuyten Duyvil stations. Metro-North continues to provide hourly service all day on weekends between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie. 
Harlem Line:
·  A new morning reverse-peak express train operates from Grand Central to North White Plains, departing Grand Central at 7:08 a.m., stopping at Harlem/125th Street, White Plains and North White Plains.
Numerous trains on all three lines have minor scheduling adjustments to accommodate Way Ahead – Moving Forward infrastructure projects and the additional train frequencies. Customers should check the TrainTime app or the MTA website for specific times at their stations.
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 4:52 AM
June 28, 2022
 

REMINDER: MTA to Begin Final Phase of Critical Track Replacement Work in Queens This Friday

 

Replacement and Installation of Almost 2.5 Miles of Track at End of j and z Subway Lines Begins Friday Night, July 1 

24/7 Closure on the j and z Lines Between 121 St and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer 

Normal e Line Service at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today issued a reminder that crews will begin the final segment of a multi-phase project, replacing approximately 2.4 miles of track on the j and z lines between the 121 St and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations in Queens. The first part, completed in December 2020, involved the reconstruction of the e track between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and replaced 6,300 feet of track, 800 feet more than was originally planned in 10 weeks. The work on the j and z lines will replace 12,500 feet of track and third rail, about twice the length of track replaced for the E track reconstruction work, all within the same timeframe of 10 weeks. This work will begin Friday, July 1 at 9:45 p.m. and continue through September 2022. 

The reminder follows additional customer and community outreach in recent weeks following the initial announcement on June 3. The start date and service changes have been communicated to customers, elected officials, and other community members. 

The complete replacement of the 40-year-old-track, with a successfully proven updated design to increase durability, will lead to improved quality of service. It will require full access to the tracks and therefore a temporary suspension of all j and z train service at the Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations. 

During this time, the MTA will provide free substitute shuttle bus service between the 121 St j station and the Jamaica-Van Wyck e station. MetroCards will be cross honored at Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations between Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica, and eastern Queens. The Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations have multiple connecting bus lines and are served by the e line. 

“Track replacement work in this area of Queens will bring us closer to our goal – delivering New Yorkers the modern subway system that they deserve,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we make the upgrades necessary to improve the reliability and speed of jz service.” 

“Improving the customer experience is the north star,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “The fastest and most effective way to complete this project requires 24/7 access to the tracks. This short-term service change will provide more reliable service for years to come.” 

“Track replacement work creates a temporary inconvenience for a lasting purpose: improved quality service,” said State Senator Leroy Comrie. “As the MTA undertakes the final phase of this initiative, let’s keep in mind the long-term benefits to transit users and share the transport alternatives during the replacement work with our families, friends, and neighbors.” 

“With Southeast Queens being a transportation desert, I am pleased to see the progress being made by the MTA on this project to ensure our community has upgraded rail lines. This would enable the MTA to provide reliable and efficient service to our community,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. 

“These upgrades ensure most of Southeast Queens's most vital subway lines are modernized for the next generation," said NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers. "The Lower Archer Direct Fixation Track project will reconstruct portions of our city's aging infrastructure to replace 12,500 feet of the jz, and e subway tracks to reinforce their durability. The culmination of these projects offers Southeast Queens residents reliable, accessible and safe access to New York City's larger transit network.” 

This replacement of direct fixation track requires a full temporary suspension of service to accommodate the work. Unlike conventional tracks, which are most common in the subway and easier to replace in shorter time periods during low ridership, direct fixation track requires the concrete roadbed to be entirely reconstructed. This project will replace 12,500 feet of direct fixation track, with the exception of 3,000 feet, which would be replaced in kind. Once this final phase of track replacement is complete, the total amount of track replaced in this area of Queens will be 18,800 feet, about 3.6 miles. 

Detailed Service Information 

Beginning Friday, July 1, the following service changes will be in effect: 

  • j trains will run between 121 St in Queens and Broad St in Manhattan only 
  • No jz service from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer 
  • jz skip-stop service suspended 
  • z trains will be signed as j trains and make all stops between 121 St and Myrtle Av 

On weekdays, j trains will run express in peak direction between Myrtle Av and Marcy Av, towards Manhattan in the morning and towards Queens in the afternoon. 

For ADA accessible options, passengers at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer can take the e train to reach accessible stations in Manhattan. To reach accessible j and m stations at Flushing Av and Marcy Av, connect to j or m trains via the e and 6 lines at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall/Chambers St, via the e and ac lines at Fulton St, or via the e line at Queens Plaza. 

Additionally, customers needing accessible options can take the Long Island Rail Road from Jamaica Station to Atlantic Terminal, with connections to the 2345bdnqr subway lines, to reach accessible stations in Manhattan, or the Q54 to Middle Village-Metropolitan Av (m) or Marcy Av (jm).   
 
Customers may wish to consider the alternative service options: 

  • Free shuttle buses will run between the 121 St j station and the Jamaica-Van Wyck e station 
  • e subway service will continue to be available at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av-JFK Airport 

Alternative connections to the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport: 

  • Take the e line to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av–JFK Airport 
  • Take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Jamaica Station 
  • Take the a train to Howard Beach – JFK Airport 

LIRR will cross-honor MetroCards between Atlantic Terminal and eastern Queens at the following LIRR stations: 

  • Atlantic Terminal (ADA accessible) 
  • Nostrand Av (ADA accessible) 
  • East New York 
  • Jamaica Station, with connection to the JFK AirTrain (ADA accessible) 
  • Hollis 
  • Queens Village (ADA accessible) 
  • St. Albans 
  • Locust Manor 
  • Laurelton 
  • Rosedale (ADA accessible) 

Please be advised MetroCards will not be cross honored for travel at Penn Station, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills or Woodside LIRR stations. 

Information on service changes and other trip planning resources are available on the project’s webpage at Reconstructing the Archer Av J/Z track (mta.info), which is updated as necessary. In addition to digital signage in stations and announcements on trains ahead of the scheduled work, customer service notifications are posted on the MTA website, under Planned Service Changes. Customers can also sign up for text and email alerts at www.myMTAalerts.com.

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