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MTA to Perform CBTC Signal Installation Work on E, F and R Lines in Queens Starting March 17

New York City Transit
Updated February 24, 2023 2:15 p.m.

 Trains Will Not Operate in Queens After 9:30 p.m.;   and   Trains Will Run Local to Accommodate R Customers 

 Trains to Run Local During Overnight Hours 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the next phase of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signal installation work will begin on the Queens Boulevard East line.

The installation work will impact service on the   and   lines in Queens during the evening and overnight hours. 

Starting March 17, crews will ramp up installation work between the Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens and Jamaica-179 St stations which will require service changes on evenings and overnights seven days a week. During that time the   and   lines will have the following changes. 

 Line to Forest Hills-71 Av, Queens, Ends Early All Nights 

After 9:30 p.m. Queens-bound   trains will end at Queens Plaza. Queens-bound   and   trains will run local in Queens to accommodate   train customers. 

There is no change in Brooklyn-bound   service. 

Queens-bound   Trains Run Local Earlier All Nights 

After 9:30 p.m., Queens-bound   trains will run local from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av, continuing to Jamaica Center. 

There is no change in Manhattan-bound   service. 

Brooklyn-bound   Trains Run Local During Overnight Hours All Nights 

After 9:30 p.m., Queens-bound   trains will run local from 36 St, Queens, to Forest Hills-71 Av, continuing to Jamaica-179 St. 

Starting at about 10:45 p.m. Brooklyn-bound   trains from Jamaica-179 St will run local from Forest Hills – 71 Av to 36 St, Queens. 

Customers are encouraged to sign up for the MTA Weekender, a weekly newsletter sent every Friday to inform customers of weekend service changes throughout the transit system.  Customers can sign up here

For real-time service updates and information, customers can use the following options: 

MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services all in one place. 
new.mta.info – The “Service Status” box at new.mta.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line. 

Live Subway Map – The Live Subway Map shows the real-time position of trains, planned service changes at any given time, highlights accessible stations, and much more. 

Twitter – Twitter users can follow @NYCTSubway for service updates and customer service support. 

WhatsApp – Customers can chat with NYC Transit via WhatsApp. Riders can receive customer service support in their native language through the help of Google Translate. 

For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511. Connecticut customers should call 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.