The subway is ah, not so great at the moment, as any study or real life experience riding it will tell you. In an attempt to make things better though, the MTA is continuing their overnight cleaning and improvement program, FASTRACK next week, this time taking care of business on the 1,2,3 line.

Starting on Monday, October 16th, FASTRACK work will be done on the 1,2,3 between 34 St-Penn Station and South Ferry/Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. For you, the subway rider, that means that the 1,2,3 won't run anywhere between those stations from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights from October 16th to October 19th and then again from October 23rd to October 26th.

While the trains aren't running, crews will get to work in the stations doing a number of improvement projects that are supposed to make riding the subway a more pleasant aesthetic and general experience. Those projects include repairing and replacing tracks, third rails and signals, getting garbage off the tracks, painting stations, and fixing signs and light fixtures. According to a press release from the MTA, the work from this FASTRACK project will "attack the key drivers of 79 percent of the major incidents causing delays in the system."

Of course, some of you rely on the 1,2,3 trains during the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. In that case, the MTA recommends that you take the A,C,E,N,Q,R or W to get between Penn Station and South Ferry/Brooklyn. To get to Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College, take the 5 instead of the 2. The 3 train will be suspended completely, but you can get on a shuttle between the Harlem-148 St and 135 St stations.