Source: Wikipedia

You would think the MTA might give us a little somethin’ to be extra jolly about this New Year season. You know, maybe choose to have this one final week of the year the one and only week where subway lines across the city ran as they’re supposed to?

Nah, screw that, says the MTA. Instead, from Tuesday to Friday, B and Q commuters are going to have more of the same.

The Q line has it the worst:

NIGHTS
11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Q service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St.
  2. Between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes.
    •  To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.

DAYS
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park

Oh, but the B line sure ain’t exempt:

DAYS
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy

Bah-humbug!

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  • SUPERHERO

    Ned why do you always deliver bad news. How about good news. No one needs your depressing news. 

  • JR

    no one likes the millions of kids who get to school on time, we like to hear about the bus that crashed off a cliff and exploded on impact killing all 20+ children on board. if its not bad its not news

    • bagels

      “If it bleeds it leads…”

  • BrooklynBus

    This week actually is probably a good week for repairs since many are off from work and schools are closed so ridership is probably lighter than usual.

    • applegreen

      it just sux for the rest of us, not on vacation. 

  • Andrew

    Haven’t you noticed the slow zone between Atlantic and DeKalb northbound?  The track there is being reconstructed, and until the work is finished, trains will be moving slowly. And the only way to do the work is to shut down the northbound track between Prospect Park and DeKalb.  Maybe I’m just being selfish, I’d like the work to be finished up as soon as possible, so that trains can resume normal speeds.

    The daytime Q diversion is a pain if you’re at one of those local stops, but it’s a pretty standard diversion.  As I’ve said before, most work in outdoor areas has to take place during daylight hours, so between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. is the appropriate time of day.  I don’t know what’s going on here, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that it needs to get done, so why not do it now?

    These changes will have little to no impact on the vast majority of B or Q riders.  What’s the big deal?

    • Georgia

      Thank you  Andrew for the information but it’s a pain. They are always fixing something along the Q & B. Lets hope it’s for the best. Was an easy ride this morning & much less people. I could not believe but the Q train brought me into 49th & 7th in 40 minuets this morning not bad lol.

    • guest

      So nice of you to think just like the fat cats. Vast majority? Have you been on these trains between 10-3?

      Because it most likely won’t be done properly and in 6 months it will need to be done again causing another diversion which you seem to not mind. I wouldn’t mind so much if since I am going to be inconvenienced and since the MTA is well aware that they are inconveniencing the customers who pay their fat cat salaries they maybe I don’t know…gave a free ride during those times or gave half fare reduction minimum during those times.

      • Andrew

        Of course I have.  Midday ridership is much, much lower than rush hour ridership, and the busiest stations are all express stops, which will all have service in both directions.

        I’m not sure why you think it won’t be done properly – I don’t think that happens often.  But whatever work is being done this week is not all the work that will ever need to be done on the line, so, yes, there will be more diversions in the future.  (How did you expect the line to be maintained?)

        • guest

          Doesn’t happen often? http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/subway_danger_over_faked_inspections_b9mytUJpYyVCvoL1Hhv8qO

          I understand work needs to be done. Do it properly and you won’t have to constantly redo it or as frequently inconveniencing your customer base. When you must do this work during the week have the common decency to give the people that pay your salaries a break. After all they are inconveniencing you and I as well and why should we always get the short end of the stick? I really don’t think allowing people to ride for free or half fare is unreasonable especially in this case. 

          • Andrew

            I’m certainly not going to try to justify any of this – the people responsible for the falsified signal inspections should be prosecuted.

            I wouldn’t categorize it as improperly done maintenance, though, since it isn’t maintenance.  And aren’t signal inspections normally done “under traffic” (between trains off-peak, not requiring a track shutdown), or in conjunction with other projects that require shutdowns?  I don’t know what work is being done here, but I don’t think it’s signal inspections.

            As for lowering the fare, I don’t think any transit agency in the world has the practice of lowering or waiving the fare when scheduled work disrupts regular service.  (I could be wrong – do you know of any?)  The closest I can think of is London, which offers refunds for unscheduled delays of over 15 minutes (planned service changes are specifically excluded).  But London’s fares are substantially more expensive than ours.  And, aside from shutting down every night, London has plenty of track outages and station outages that are often far more disruptive than New York’s, since most of the system is only two-tracked.