NEW YORK (PIX11) — Whatever patience commuters have left will surely be tested over the next few months.
For the next 22 weeks through July, 7 line service will be either reduced or cut completely. That’s 40 percent of the weekends in 2014,
It’s all to move ahead with “communication based train control” or robot trains, which allow for automation and increased service.
The shutdowns are angering residents and elected officials in Long Island City who are most affected by the changes.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer held a rally in Hunters Point on Friday about how the disruptions would negatively impact the neighborhood and small businesses.
From February 28th until the second weekend in April, The 7 train will be shut down from Times Square to the Queensboro Plaza.
In May it will be shut down from Times Square all the way to 74th street.
Free shuttle buses will be provided and the N and E lines are close by.
The community is asking for a shuttle bus to go directly into the city. Some even suggested the city should extend ferry service hours.
The MTA says the installation is complicated and will take some time.
This was the case with the L train which underwent a similar installation that took six years to complete.