Brace yourself for 22 weekends of closures along the 7 line beginning February 28, 2014.This year, shutdowns will go from Times Square to Queensboro Plaza and also, at times, they will be extended to 74th St-Broadway in Jackson Heights, Queens.
NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer wants people to know they can still visit Queens and he’s calling on the MTA to get the work done.
According to the paperwork received by his office, the service disruptions are finalized for February 28 through July 2014. The plans through December are tentative.
No 7 trains from Times Square to 74th Street-Broadway May 2-5, May 16-19 and service will be reduced east of Queensboro Plaza on the weekends of May 30 and June 6.
Service will resume early on Sunday June 8 for the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan. Councilmember Van Bramer says the weekend closures will effect many cultural events and the Queens Pride Day on June 1 in Jackson Heights.
The Mets home opener at Citi Field is at Citi Field on Monday, March 31st.
Fans and train riders can take other subway lines to Queensboro Plaza or Queens Plaza or Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue.
In 2011, the MTA began the project to upgrade the Flushing line and install “Communication-Based Train Control.” It allows for some automation and the MTA says it will increase service. The project is scheduled to run through 2016. It took about 6 years to install it on the L line.
In 2011, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller John Liu audited the MTA’s track work. They asked the agency to notify the public earlier and monitor the schedule and budget.
The MTA will make an official announcement on the project later this week. It’s more than a month before the work is set to begin.