Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Major weekend work on New York City's 7 Line

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Major weekend work on New York City's 7 Line | Railway Track & Structures

Beginning the weekend of Jan. 29-Feb 1 and running for nine consecutive weekends, MTA NYC Transit 7 Line trains will operate between Main Street-Flushing and Queensboro Plaza only. There will be no 7 train service between Grand Central in Manhattan and Long Island City. Fare-free shuttle buses will be available.

During these nine weekends, the agency will be installing new tracks between Hunters Point and Court House Square, replacing an 80-year old switch at Hunters Point, replacing track on the curve leaving Vernon-Jackson, and renewing rail at 5th Avenue. In addition, contractors will be installing steel for a new transfer facility between 7 and G at Court Square. There are several other smaller jobs that will be done while this part of the line is out of service, including electrical and communications cable work and grouting projects.

The 7 Line presents a special challenge in that the agency will have a short window of opportunity to perform this work, essentially between late September and April, to avoid interfering with subway service generated by the crowds headed to Mets games, U.S. Tennis Open and other major events in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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