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This Weekend's Subway Jumble: No F Trains But Better Service Anyway

Updated 14 weeks ago David Stone
Our subway's at full service, this weekend, just not what you'd expect.
Our subway's at full service, this weekend, just not what you'd expect.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

After weeks of rearranging travel to manage partial subway shutdowns, my heart sunk when I read, "Dec 14 - 17, 10:45 PM Fri to 4 AM Mon, F trains will be rerouted via the E in both directions between Roosevelt Av and 47-50 Sts because of station enhancements," on MTA's notice. Should I shout out to RIOC, pleading for Red Buses?

Before following my first instinct and firing an email off to Susan Rosenthal and Cy Opperman at RIOC, someone whispered in my ear. It was Larry Parnes (not really) who's seldom far out of the loop on anything.

Parnes, a veteran of City Planning and regular resource for me since I started covering Cornell Tech's development, rattled my cage a few months back when I wrongly reported that subway service to Roosevelt Island was canceled for a weekend.

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"Keep reading," I imagined his voice, reminding me what I failed to do previously.

So, I read on.

There will be no F Trains in either direction from late Friday evening until before daybreak on Monday. 

There will be R Trains bypassing their normal tunnel under 60th Street to serve 21st Street, Roosevelt Island and 63rd Street instead. But it's a little more complicated.

During unspecified "overnight" hours, E Trains will replace R Trains, which if you're following, replace F Trains. 

Got it?

Thank Larry Parnes.

All you really need to know is that we will have full time service, just not F Trains - they bypass Roosevelt Island to follow the E Line between Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and Rockefeller Center. Honest.

A small twist: R and E Trains running through Roosevelt Island take the regular R Broadway route after 63rd Street, meaning the next stop is 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

Adjust accordingly.

 

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