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MTA Rolls Out Online Map Detailing Weekend Subway Service Changes

(credit: MTA)

(credit: MTA)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Yorkers who are frustrated by weekend subway disruptions will get some help from the people who run the system.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is launching a new interactive digital map Friday afternoon that will be customized each weekend to reflect the service changes on their website.

“We’re doing a ton of work on the subway system every weekend — which you have to do to keep a 24/7 railroad up and running reliably,” Jeremy Soffin, director of Media Relations for the MTA, told 1010 WINS. “It’s essentially a different system on the weekends and that can be very confusing even for people who have been riding the subway system their entire lives.”

The map will take over the website’s front page and will be searchable by line, borough and station and will flag trouble spots with blinking lights.

“You’ll be able to tell right away if there’s an impact

Weekend ridership is at its highest level in decades, but transit workers still perform most maintenance and repair work on Saturdays and Sundays.

The work often causes service changes. For example, the L train has been entirely canceled along much of its route on two weekends this month.

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