Confusion Reigns But Expect Transportation Trouble Ahead

MTA: F Trains To Shutdown on Weekends and Evenings for 8 Months, Starting in August

Updated 2 weeks ago David Stone
There may be a lot of puzzling waits for F Trains for the next 8 months as the MTA shuts down the line for tunnel repairs... in Brooklyn.
There may be a lot of puzzling waits for F Trains for the next 8 months as the MTA shuts down the line for tunnel repairs... in Brooklyn.
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Tomorrow, July 22nd, the MTA will vote on a plan that greatly disrupts F Train Service, starting next month. The details are a bit sketchy but enough to scare the hell out of a lot of Roosevelt Islanders.

The rationale for shutting down the whole line through Manhattan and Queens to work on the Rutgers Tunnel under the East River between York Street in Brooklyn and East Broadway in Manhattan is unclear. 

As are the messages...

"On select overnights and weekends between August 2020 and March 2021, F trains will be rerouted over the C Line between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St, and via the E line from W 4 St to 36 St in Queens," according to a report in 6sqft.

But it adds, "To accommodate the change, E trains will be rerouted during select overnights and weekends over the F line between 36 St in Queens and a temporary terminal at Delancey St in Manhattan."

If you blinked and said, "What?", you can be assured I did too. 

There is no word on alternative services the MTA will make available, and RIOC says they are working on getting a more complete picture from the MTA before acting. 

More to come. For sure.

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