7 train shutdown to last 13 weekends with no interborough shuttle
But the MTA will run a campaign reminding folks to visit Long Island City during the Flushing line’s February–July disruptions
Mon Feb 10 2014
Photograph: Jeffrey Putman
Bad news for Queens residents and visitors: Not only is the MTA cutting 7 train service for 13 weekends starting this month, but it won't be providing a shuttle to replace the subway between Long Island City and Manhattan's East Side. The closures will allow major infrastructure projects, like signal-system upgrades and general maintenance, to continue in places such as the Steinway Tunnel, which connects Queens and Manhattan. There will be no 7 train between Times Square and either Queensboro Plaza or 74th St–Broadway for quite a few weekends February 28–July 21, beginning 11:30pm Friday and ending 5am Monday; check the MTA's website for the full schedule.
As a consolation prize for the mind-boggling decision not to provide a shuttle bus between the boroughs, the MTA will begin a marketing campaign to promote Long Island City; local businesses have repeatedly lost money whenever 7 train disruptions occur. So what are your other options for getting around? Shuttles will operate along some portions of the closed line; there's always the N and Q lines; and the East River Ferry to midtown and lower Manhattan will be your best bet to travel to and from Queens—though at $4 a ride, it's almost double the cost of a MetroCard swipe.
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