Gee, this sucks: Starting, um, tomorrow, the G train will be suspended on four consecutive weekends, from 10:30 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday, during January 15-18, January 22-25, January 29-February 1 and February 5-8. But don't despair, there will be free shuttle buses! Weeee! And if you're stuck in Long Island City or Greenpoint (there are worse fates) you've also got the fancy new B62 bus at your service. But why mercilessly yank the G now, in the dead of winter, MTA?

The Authority says the suspension is due to several maintenance projects: a switch replacement at Bedford-Nostrand, asbestos removal at Greenpoint Avenue, fan plant replacement at Jackson Avenue and track maintenance work at various locations. "Customers traveling between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Queens Plaza during the day should take the R; during the late night hours take the E. The free shuttle buses operate between Queens Plaza and Jay Street. For service to Church Avenue, customers should transfer between the shuttle bus and F trains at Jay Street." Oh, and the weekend of January 22-25 is really going to be a doozy:

From January 22-25, the free shuttle bus will be extended to 21st Street-Queensbridge to connect to the re-routed E (on that weekend, due to work on the 5th Avenue-Lexington Avenue interlocking modernization, the southbound E is re-routed via the F from Roosevelt Avenue to 34th Street-Herald Square, where it terminates; northbound E operates via 6th Avenue from 34th Street-Herald Square to 5th Avenue; there is no E service from 7th Avenue to World Trade Center).