Subway track work may cause some headaches for 7 train riders this weekend.
Service on the 7 train is suspended between Times Square and 74th Street -Broadway in Queens from 2 a.m. Saturday to 4:30 a.m. Monday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the service shutdown, in both directions, is due to "critical" track work.
The ongoing work requires the removal and replacement of old elevated track panels that could risk the 7 line's operational capacity. If the panels aren't replaced, less 7 trains could run per hour because of mandatory speed reductions.
But don't worry about the service changes: the MTA is offering alternatives to affected riders.
Here's how to survive the 7 train weekend shutdown:
-- Ride a shuttle bus
Shuttles will operate along two routes. The first will run between Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza, stopping at Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, Court Square, Hunters Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue. The second will run between Queensboro Plaza and 74 Street-Broadway, stopping at 33rd Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, Woodside-61st Street, and 69th Street.
-- Take the E train
The MTA encourages those riding to and from Flushing, Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights in Queens to use extra E train service. E trains will run every 5 minutes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
-- Hop on the S (42nd Street shuttle)
The S will operate overnight from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 6:00 a.m. Monday.
-- Use the Long Island Railroad
The LIRR will cross-honor and accept displayed MetroCards from riders traveling to and from Penn Station and Woodside in Queens.
For more information, visit the MTA's website.
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