David Stone
F Trains Again Do the Weekend Switcheroo with E Trains
Photo courtesy of Larry Parnes

As the MTA shuts down areas during weekends to clear them for upgrades and repairs, train reassignments can seem bizarre, such as when the F is rerouted along the E Line and the E gets rerouted along the F as will happen starting tomorrow evening at 9:45. But there's method to the madness, and we get regular subway service with somewhat different connections within Manhattan.

When I posted on Tuesday that we'd be without F Train service in both directions, this weekend, a more levelheaded reader, Larry Parnes, dropped me a note pointing out what I missed (but shouldn't have.) E Trains will run through the Roosevelt Island Station, providing uninterrupted service while the F goes another way.

(See full details below.)

Parnes, a former City Planning employee, was our reliable expert on the Cornell Tech ULURP when I covered that year long process for the WIRE. Since, he's occasionally volunteered corrections when he spots a mistake.

Among his many appreciated contributions is the photograph above, which he snapped and forwarded, noting that the MTA was trying to do a better job of communicating with riders.

F Trains Again Do the Weekend Switcheroo with E Trains

You'd need a more in-depth understanding of the intricacies of subway tracks and supporting infrastructure to understand why it makes sense than I have. But it works. So, following the advice below, extracted from the MTA's Weekender online service, and barring anything unexpected, your travel should be normal.

The Weekender

Weekend Service Notice  Select one for details

SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 9:45 PM Fri, Aug 3 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 6 Coney Island-bound  trains run via the from Roosevelt Av, Queens to 50 St, Manhattan, then via the  express to Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn

 Trains run via the  in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge, Queens and Lexington Av/63 St, Manhattan and via the  between 57 St-7 Av and Whitehall St, the last stop

Use the  and Jamaica-bound  along 6 Av, or nearby stops on the 7 Av    and 8 Av  lines.
For 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St, take the  instead.

Got that?

The Daily thanks Larry Parnes for one more invaluable contribution to getting the facts right.


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