An upgrade to the switches on the 1, 2 and 3 lines on the Upper West Side will cause major weekend shutdowns for the rest of the summer, the MTA said. For the next six weekends, there will be reduced service in the area, culminating on two weekends — August 16-19 and August 23-26 — without any service in the neighborhood on those lines.
The MTA explained on its website that the changes are necessary to modernize switches that were last replaced in 1990 and are “near the end of their useful life.”
“We’re completely replacing the switches at 96 St between the uptown local and express tracks,” the MTA said. “This intense work requires us to completely remove the switches and surrounding track, pour new concrete, and install new track along with the new switches. We need uninterrupted access to both tracks and track bed for the work to be done safely and quickly. Once replaced, the new, modern switches will help us run more reliable service.”
In the first phase (July 19-22 and July 26-29), the 1 will operate normally through the neighborhood, though it will be split into two sections farther north. The 3 will be shut down completely but the 2 will operate normally.
In the second phase (August 2-5 and August 9-12), the 1 will also operate normally but the 2 will only be available between 96th Street and Flatbush Avenue and the 3 will be shut down again.
In the third phase (August 16-19 and August 23-26), all three trains will be completely shut down in the neighborhood.
Each weekend, the MTA will provide free shuttle buses to replace lost train service.
For all those details on the buses and other changes, click here.