By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The MTA announced last week that nighttime service on 4/5/6 lines will be limited at some local stations through the end of next week, due to the Fastrack maintenance work program.
Since this Tuesday, trains have not been running between Grand Central-42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center at night, which will continue through early Friday morning and start up again for four weeknights from Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26. Service on the 5 train will be ending early each night and 6 train service will only operate between Grand Central and the Bronx. The MTA recommends that straphangers use the R before 11:30 p.m. and the N after 11:30 p.m. as an alternative for stations south of Grand Central, including Union Square and the 23rd Street/Park Avenue South.
The Fastrack program was originally introduced in January 2012 when the agency began completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to perform maintenance work. The closures allow workers to make repairs, replace components, do electronic maintenance and third rail operations without the concern of workers having to get out of the way to allow trains to pass.
A representative for the MTA noted that the repairs do not include improvements to any specific stations along the closed stretch of the line and the work mainly consists of backlogged maintenance issues and general repairs.
The next Fastrack closure for the system will be on the B/D/F/M lines in Manhattan for two weeks next month, from March 7 to 11 and March 14 to 18.