Subway Service Disruptions To Snarl Weekend Travel

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Delays, detours, and disruptions – a simple subway ride could turn into an underground experience this weekend, with service changes creating a perfect storm for millions of riders.

Construction work is causing one of the biggest subway disruptions in New York City history, impacting 18 of the 19 subway lines that normally run on weekends.

Service is suspended on the “R” train in Brooklyn, while “6” trains will not be stopping between Pelham Bay Park and Parkchester. The “A” train will be skipping several stops, and the “1” line has been taken completely out of commission.

As an alternative, the MTA is providing shuttle services, as up to 600 additional buses were scheduled this weekend to pick up the slack.

Still, as all commuters know, above-ground trips take much longer.

“I took an extra 45 minutes today, because the shuttle bus is usually pretty slow,” Megan Heeley said.

Signs are posted at affected stations, but riders say they didn’t do much to alleviate the confusion.

“I think it’s down for construction, but I’m not really sure,” Megan Amaniera said.

Despite the extra commute time, straphangers seem to be taking the delays in stride.

“It is an inconvenience, but they have to do track work, because our station needs more maintenance,” Heeley said. “All the stations above 158th Street need a lot more maintenance.”

“It’s going to take a lot longer to get where I’m going, so it stinks, but at least it’s free,” Amaniera said.

The good news for subway riders is that things will be back to normal on most lines by Monday morning.

For more information on the service disruptions and suspensions, click here.

  • Tea

    I think the MTA needs to be investigated on how much “work” is really going on behind the scenes. its rediculous. almost every day there is a delay or a signal malfunction. i can’t wait till the day comes where the fare will be $5 because no one is doing anything to control the MTA.

  • JasonS

    This is news? I can’t recall one weekend in the last 10 years in which the subways haven’t been a god awful nightmare because of track closures, service changes, misinformation and complete and utter mismanagement of the situation. The MTA is perhaps one of the most incompetent and feckless organizations in America. Perhaps it would be easier for the media to report when the subways do run smoothly, rather than reporting the almost daily occurrences when it doesn’t.

  • Tom Hoobler

    when they did away with tokens and instituted the card system, they promised not to close token booths. Now they are, and nobody complains. Lies, lies, lies.

  • Jim Gordon

    MTA raIses tIcket fare.

    To reduce cost – offer early retirement – reduce head count.

    Keep the MTA tIcket booth / customer service folks employed, need them for safety and directions

    Clean turnstiles “MTA card reader” they steal your fare

    many long minutes wait!!!
    like SNL – many hours waiting to go uptown or downtown…
    for drinks / food with out town friends..

  • vader

    The MTA is a joke..and i thought Bloomberg was going to “fix the MTA” once he bought his 3rd term…he hasnt said one word about the corruption and ineptitude of this agency…..NYC residents..keep getting bent over…..

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