This service change is necessary in order to support two projects on the Bronx 25 lines. The ongoing $280-million East 180th Street signal modernization project entails the installation of new signal equipment on the White Plains Road line between East 180th Street and Bronx Park East Stations. This project began in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
The second project, beginning on March 27, is the East 180th Street station rehabilitation. The work will include complete replacement of the canopy roof, track beds, platforms and platform edge safety tiles, and other station amenities.
During the course of these projects, switches and tracks will be out of service for various lengths of time. Having both the 2 and 5 trains run local allows the agency to provide consistent subway service throughout the duration of these two projects.
This work will also result in some weekend service changes.