No. 7 train service restored in both directions after suspensions

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(PIX11)-- No. 7 train service between Times Square and Flushing-Main Street has been restored after icy rails caused a nightmare commute for hundreds straphangers, according to the MTA.

The MTA says it will operate local between Flushing-Main Street and Times Square-42nd Street in both directions Tuesday morning.

The No. 7 train service was halted between Queens and Manhattan since Monday morning after an earlier incident near the vicinity of Queensboro Plaza.

The temporary suspensions along with messy, frigid weather proved to be more than troublesome for commuters who had to wait in long lines for shuttle buses.

No. 7 train commuters waiting in the cold for shuttle bus service after the MTA temporarily suspended the line. (PIX11)

 

The shuttle bus service between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue and 74th Street-Broadway ended at 4 a.m.

Even though service is restored, MTA advises to allow additional travel time or if possible, to take the E, F, M and R trains from 74th Street into Manhattan.

This was latest headache for 7 train commuters, after the MTA launched major weekend construction plans in January suspending service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza for five straight weekends, from 2 a.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday.

While frustrating for straphangers, the work is necessary -- the MTA will be installing an improved train-control system, replacing aging, elevated tracks and fortifying the Steinway tubes that take the train below the East River.

 

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