Broadway Subway Line Is Completely Shutting Down for Next 2 Weekends on UWS; How To Navigate the Changes

Sorry pigeon, nothing’s coming.

The MTA is completing an upgrade of the switches on the Broadway subway line above 96th Street, and the work will mean that the 1, 2 and 3 lines are completely shut down on the west side for two weekends. The 1 will only go as far south as 137th Street, the 2 is running on the Lexington Avenue line and the 3 is completely shut down. Or as the bullet points below from the MTA show:

These weekend service changes on August 16-19 and August 23-26 will begin late Friday evening and end at 5 a.m. the following Monday.

The MTA is adding new kinds of service over these two weekends to give people other options. It’s all detailed in the video below and the bullet points beneath that.

Additional service

Free shuttle buses

The Broadway-line subways have been diverted in various ways over the past four weeks and some people have complained of being double-charged for the bus service. The MTA initially gave scant notice of the changes — West Side Rag broke the news that they were happening after a reader sent a link to a hard-to-find fact sheet on the agency’s website.

Similarly, the MTA was criticized for giving limited advance notice of major renovations that shut down subway lines for months last year.

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    1. stu says:

      So no shuttle service on Broadway below 110th street? So folks on the wester part of the neighborhood will have to either walk all the way to CPW to catch the A/B/C/D or walk to one of the crosstown bus routes (96, 86, 79) and take the bus to CPW?


      • Ed says:

        No, Shuttle Bus #1 will stop at 110 & Bway and go to 110 & CPW .

        • Ed says:

          Sorry, I misread your comment. Does appear that there will be connecting buses below 110th Street.

          • Ed says:

            Sorry again – typo – meant apparently no special buses below 110 Street. Walk to CPW. Hopefully the combined C & M service will be sufficient – probably a 5-minute headway between them vs. about 7 on the weekend #1. Problem is that the shuttle buses dump everyone at 110th Street (C&M) with no opportunity to use an express (A&D). So the C&M might be super crowded.

      • Woody says:

        When the 1,2,3 trains are running normally, don’t people on the far west side of the neighborhood have to walk to the subway stations at 96th, 86th, 79th that are adjacent to the crosstown bus stops?

    2. Josh says:

      Hoping they are doing more work on the line than the switches at 96th, considering how many stations are being shut down in manhattan.

      I’m sure as heck going to try and take advantage of a one-seat ride to the LES on a weekend, though!

    3. William Sharfman says:

      They ought to increase service from the woeful current frequency of the 104 bus anyway, but certainly during these perionds. But they ought to anyway, they claim low ridership, but you get low ridership with decreased and infrequent service. It’s circular logic by the MTA.

    4. LEE APT says:

      LEE APT

    5. Pedestrian says:

      The MTA isn’t really interested in customer service.

    6. Alternatives to the 104 are the forgotten 4, 5, 7 and 11 buses which may be the answer for some residents. Going uptown you can catch these buses at Broadway and 72 Streets. The 11 bus meets the 1 train at Broadway and 145 Street. The 4 and 5 buses stop at 137 street and Broadway.

      Manhattan Bus Map:

      • NYYgirl says:

        Btw, the 11 bus has indeed been ‘forgotten’, but by the MTA. Just thought I’d make sure before I commented, & yep, sure enough, an uptown 11 bus is in 2 minutes! Then the following one is 26 minutes later, while the one after that is only (!) 17 minutes after the previous one. Yeah, circular logic is a very apt phrase.

    7. Alan Flacks says:

      Hmmmm. The M.T.A. could and should do better than that. And especially by increasing the M104 bus frequency during this time period. [In 1961, the M104 ran 3 1/4 more runs in a 24-hr period than today with the motto “Always a bus in sight.”] Jerry Nadler, an expert on mass rail transit, twice said a few years ago that “(T)he management of the Transit Authority are idiots” and they do not care about the customers they serve. This is an example.

    8. carol says:

      hopefully these will cheer everyone up from all these negative comment:

    9. J says:

      BTW there is a street fair on Amsterdam on Sunday, further impacting bus service.

    10. Unhappy West Side Rider says:

      Notice to riders should have been much greater. The signage should have been much larger than the regular weekend signs we have become accustomed to seeing; and could have been posted on the ticket booths and gates the week before. I like many people who ride the 1,2 and 3 regularly, was shocked to find all 3 lines closed at the same time. – West Side Rider

      • Woody says:

        People complain so much and often about their bad experiences with the MTA and frequent rerouting/shutdowns. I would think that at some point, these people would make it a routine to check the MTA’s website for Planned Service Changes well in advance. All the information needed to navigate the subway system is clearly explained for each subway line. It’s a sad reflection of people’s laziness to check and their propensity to blame others when they don’t make the slightest effort to be prepared.

      • Lunabee says:

        It was completely clear that this was happening. The WSR had notice of this weeks ago. Every subway station has flyers on nearly every column and by fare booths and machines. It was apparently clear. Just read the signs!

    11. Maria Dering says:

      M104 absolutely stuffed full today! MTA doesn’t seem to be running extra buses to accommodate usage needs. UWS a lot less crowded today than usual.

    12. Seth says:

      Does anyone understand why the replacement of switches at 96 St necessitated the closure of nearly the entire 7th Ave line in Manhattan? Why could the MTA not have shut down only a small section of rail, say between 42 St and 135 St, and run trains along two sections? Are there not turnaround switches at 42 St and 135 St?