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MTA service changes will hammer 1, 2, and 3 lines starting this weekend

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The last phase of the project to replace switches and tracks at 96th Street begins tonight


The MTA has been conducting work to replace switches and tracks at its 96th Street 1, 2, and 3 stations since July, and to complete the final phase of the project, there will be major service changes on those lines for the next two weekends.

Here’s what to expect: 1 trains will operate only between Van Cortlandt Park-242 Street and 137th Street, with no service between 137th Street and South Ferry; 2 trains will operate via the 4 line between Wakefield-241st Street and Flatbush Avenue; and 3 trains will be suspended entirely. These changes go into effect on Friday night in the “late evening” and end Monday morning at 5 a.m.

To mitigate these disruptions, there will be free shuttle buses and additional service including extended 4 train service to New Lots Avenue all weekend; 5 trains operating between Eastchester-Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street all weekend as well; 42nd Street Shuttle running overnight; the D train operating locally at night between 145th Street and 59 Street-Columbus Circle; and the M being rerouted to 145th Street via Central Park West (the local track) on both Saturday and Sunday.

As these changes will affect large portions of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the MTA also released the below video to explain the service disruptions:

Construction began on Friday, July 19, and will continue until the weekend of August 23. The MTA is replacing the existing switches in the station, which were installed in 1990, along with installing new tracks, fixing signals, and cleaning drains.

Visit the MTA website for further details on these changes.