Respite Before 10-Week Partial Tram Shutdown

Enjoy it while you can - "normal" mass transit for RI next week

Updated 19 weeks ago David Stone
Never pretty, F Train station on Roosevelt Island, returns to normal schedules.
Never pretty, F Train station on Roosevelt Island, returns to normal schedules.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Today's the first of ten days in which we'll have full day normal operations for the Tram and F Train, a rarity through January. It won't last.

That's right. Subway service in both directions, all weekend. There will still be overnight shutdowns going from Queens into Manhattan, but only during the least used hours of 11:45 p.m until 5:00 a.m.

Enjoy it while you can - "normal" mass transit for RI next week

The MTA's plans for expediting repairs by scheduling them while trains are rerouted elsewhere are wrapping up for now. Only a fool believes they won't resume, given that the system itself is decades behind in maintenance.

But before those dark clouds gather, F Trains will do their normal things, including breakdowns and passenger emergencies that aren't predictable. RIOC says their sister agency running the underground transportation universe promises not schedule repair projects until they finish their own partial Tram shutdown, set to last for at least ten weeks, tentatively planned to start in "the second week of February."

So, we've got one good week.

Like an urban transit oasis.

But don't get used to it.


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