NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Service on several subway lines has been shut down along Queens Boulevard so that crews can re-rail and move the subway train that derailed Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of 1,000 passengers.
The Manhattan-bound F train derailed on the express tracks around 10:40 a.m. in a tunnel about 1,200 feet south of the 65th Street station in Woodside.
According to officials, the E, F, R, and M lines will remain out of service along Queens Boulevard through 9 a.m. Saturday, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
Limited bus shuttle service will be provided at the affected stations, and the MTA urged customers to use the 7 train or Long Island Rail Road as an alternate.
The Long Island Rail Road is cross-honoring valid MetroCards in both directions between Penn Station and Jamaica Station, including Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside, as well as stops between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica
Nineteen people were injured in the incident and the derailment snarled subway service for much of the day.
Local E and F train service resumed just before 5 p.m. Friday.
There is no timetable for restoration of express service on the Queens Boulevard line. Weekend construction work on the M, 7 and J lines has been canceled.
As a result, the MTA said there are several service changes in effect:
-E train service runs local between Queens Plaza and Parsons/Archer in both directions.
-F train service runs local between 21st Street-Queensbridge and Jamaica-179th Street in both directions.
-There is no M train service between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Essex Street in both directions.
-There is no R train service between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and 57th Street-7th Avenue in both directions.
As an alternate, customers traveling between Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Manhattan are advised to take the 7 train. Customers traveling between Manhattan and Jamaica are advised to take the J train. At Jamaica Parsons/Archer, customers can connect to local bus service.
-Shuttle buses are operating in two sections:
Shuttle buses for the E line operate between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Queens Plaza and 74th Street-Broadway.
Shuttle buses for the F line operate between 21st Street-Queensbridge and Forest Hills-71st Avenue