This Sunday, June 27, major subway and bus lines will be either rerouted or cut entirely. Permanently. And most New Yorkers have no idea.

“What? Are you serious?” asked Jose Gonzalez, 25, when informed he will no longer be able to take the M into Lower Manhattan. “This sucks. The M train is right by my house. Now I’ll have to change trains.”

During the morning rush last Thursday, Metro polled riders on a crowded M train headed into Manhattan: Two-thirds of them were clueless the train would soon be rerouted.


The MTA has installed posters in stations and cars. New maps are popping up. This week, trains are broadcasting onboard announcements.

“I have this bizarre temptation to stand up on a subway seat and shout ‘Something wicked this way comes!,’” said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign. “There’ll be a lot of confusion.”

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