NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Three major subway lines in Manhattan have reopened after being shut down for maintenance work overnight.
Crews closed 15 stations around 10 p.m. Monday between Grand Central/42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn along the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 line.
It was the first of four nights where service will be completely shut down along this stretch. The MTA is calling it FASTRACK, squeezing what would have been multiple weeks of cleaning, signal work and track repairs, into just a few days.
“This is just ridiculous,” said Daphne Moreau from East Flatbush. ”For you to live in New York City, this is the biggest city in the world that has everything and now basically, I have to rush now.”
Moreau got on the subway in Brooklyn before the line shut down but she was concerned about making it home before the 4, 5, 6 ceased service for seven hours overnight.
“I have to come back home,” she said. “I mean, what am I supposed to do?”
The MTA meanwhile, says it’s a shut down that has to happen.
“All of this is work that must be done to maintain the safe, smooth and efficient operation of a subway system that runs around the clock, seven days a week,” NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast said in a statement. “However, by suspending service along line segments, workers can work on and near the tracks without having to interrupt that work every few minutes while a train moves through the area.”
The MTA says once maintenance work is completed on the 4, 5, and 6 trains, there will be a shut down next month on the 1, 2 and 3 trains.
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