MTA Style Switcheroo

Definitive Guide to Subways, This Weekend

Updated 21 weeks ago David Stone
Playing host to only E Trains this weekend...
Playing host to only E Trains this weekend...
Roosevelt Island Daily file photo

Do you ever get a feeling that the NYCT Subway system exists in a parallel, not quite sane universe? If so, your suspicions may be confirmed, this weekend, as the MTA finagles a switcheroo of which only they are capable.

No F Trains for Roosevelt Island in Either Direction

Not to worry however. We will have full time subway service, and it may be just as unreliable as weekend services usually are, but not worse. 

But pay attention, this switcheroo isn't simple.

First, "Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 42 St-Port Authority, then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech, due to signal improvements," according to the MTA. And...

"Jamaica-bound trains run via the E after 47-50 Sts to Queens Plaza."

Simple as that, all F trains bypass Roosevelt Island, from 9:45 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. However...

E Trains Serve Roosevelt Island in Both Directions

Suspend logic. Yes, while F trains are rerouted along the E line, E trains are rerouted along the F.

No kidding.

Definitive Guide to Subways, This Weekend
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And there's a little twist.

E trains follow the F line only between 21st Street/Queensbridge and 63rd/Lexington. Through the rest of Manhattan, they take the R Broadway local line in both directions.

Need to reach locations on 6th Avenue? You can transfer to the F at 34th Street. Just don't try to take one Roosevelt Island. For that, you need to navigate back to an E.

Now you've got the whole story, except for a reminder that the 57th Street F Station is closed until December. Not even an E train can get you there.

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