Starting on Saturday, the M train will be shut down for two months as part of the MTA’s $163 million rebuilding and rehab project for the city’s aged subway system.
The M line will terminate at Broadway Junction from July 1 through Sept. 1 as a section of its tracks between the Fresh Pond Road and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue stations and the Fresh Pond Bridge are demolished and rebuilt. The century-old metal bridge gives access to a storage yard for subway cars and crosses over tracks for the New York and Atlantic Railway.
Initial reconstruction will also commence on the 100-year-old Myrtle Viaduct that is between the M train’s Myrtle Avenue and Central Avenue stations. However, the majority of the work will take place after the Fresh Pond Bridge work is finished.
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While the shutdown is sure to add to the “summer of hell” for city commuters, the M train work is “critical for providing reliable alternative service for our L line customers in 2019,” Darryl Irick, acting president of New York City Transit, said last week.
Here is what straphangers can expect during the M train shutdown
• Service will be suspended between Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue. Four stations — Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue, Fresh Pond Road and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue — will remain staffed for MetroCard transactions, but M train service will not be available.
• M trains will run on the J/Z line, terminating at Broadway Junction for transfer to the A, C, J and L trains
• Free shuttle buses will make all stops between Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue.
• An entrance at the Flushing Avenue J/M station will permanently reopen, and its Fayette Street entrance will increase capacity to manage commuter flow for the duration of construction. The latter will feature a new turnstile area and four new staircases.
For more info, visit mta.info.