7 train will be shut down for 12 weekends from January to May 2015

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The MTA has announced the next round of weekend work along sections of the 7 train.

Free shuttle buses will run and alternate service is available nearby on the E, F, G, N, Q, and R trains.

  • Jan 2 – 5 and Jan 9 – 12  No trains between Mets-Willets Point & Flushing-Main St
  • Jan 17 – 19*, Jan 24 – 26*, Jan 30 – Feb 2 and Feb 6 – 9  No trains between Times Sq-42 St & Queensboro Plaza
  • Feb 27 – Mar 2 and Mar 6 – 9  No trains between Times Sq-42 St & 74 St- Broadway
  • Mar 14 – 16*, Mar 21 – 23* and Mar 28 – 30*  No trains between Times Sq-42 St & Hunters Point Av
  • May 22 – 25  No trains between Mets-Willets Point & Flushing-Main St

*Service Changes in effect from 2 AM Saturday to 5 AM Monday

The Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) project updates signals and allows more trains to run along the lines. Currently, the L line is the only one in the system with the faster, automated system that is monitored by the train conductor. The Queens Boulevard line is planned after the 7 line project, which could take two more years.

CBTC does introduce the possibility of delays due to computer issues.

In a post on its website, the MTA said “The majority of this work is scheduled over weekends when ridership is lower and gives our workers continuous, train-free access to the line. We are aware of the inconvenience these and other disruptions cause, and we appreciate your patience.”

The CBTC technology allows more trains to be travel along the lines. Without it, trains have to maintain longer distances between other trains.

The MTA is planning to assign platform conductors to busy lines to help direct the record number of riders throughout the system. MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast spoke about the new average daily ridership (5.9 million rides) and the next round of investment.