NYCT to replace rail along delay-prone line

Written by Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor
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Rail is unloaded south of Queensboro Plaza in this 2014 image.
MTA New York City Transit/Ernesto Ho

New York City Transit (NYCT) is undertaking a three-weekend rail replacement project along a portion of the N/W corridor in Queens.

NYCT will replace 1,200 feet of worn rail on curved track, which has been a particularly troublesome spot for the transit agency. NYCT explains that more than half of the trains delayed due to signal and track issues on the Astoria line during the past year have been in the 39 Av to Queensboro Plaza segment. NYCT says the segment has also experienced “significant effects to service” in the past month due to five track and signal incidents.

The transit agency says replacing the rail will result in improved service along the line for thousands of commuters. However, transit users will not be the only ones inconvenienced for the short term with the work. The track panel replacement requires street-based cranes to work on the elevated tracks, which means motorists will have to make accommodations for the work.

NYCT says staff is reaching out to impacted communities and is coordinating efforts with New York Police Department and Department of Transportation to mitigate effects of the project.

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