The subway is decrepit and falling apart, this we all know. Is the MTA doing anything about it? Sometimes we really can't tell! In this case though, yes, there is some actual work getting done on infrastructure that even the MTA called "deteriorating" in their press release announcing it. That's the good news. The bad news is that it means more track closures this summer. On the third hand, at least it's usually nice enough to walk places in the summer.

The MTA announced that on eight weekends from May to September, every N train stop between Queensboro Plaza and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd will close for track work to install new switches along the line. When the $12.4 million project is all done, the transit agency claims that N train riders will enjoy more reliable train service and that N train neighbors will suffer fewer headaches from noisy trains passing by their windows.

As the MTA's press release so honestly points out, the subway's switches are in fact falling apart, and the fact they're are still in use despite the fact that they should be museum pieces at the this point, was covered in a Times story this month. So hooray for progress!

While that all sounds well and good, it will mean that on the following weekends, you're going to have to rely on shuttle buses to get to the affected N stops between 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays to 5 a.m. on Mondays (note that for Memorial and Labor Day weekends, that shutdown extends to Tuesday at 5 a.m.):

  • May 20-22
  • May 27-30 (Memorial Day weekend)
  • June 3-5
  • August 12-14
  • August 19-21
  • August 26-28
  • September 2-5 (Labor Day weekend)
  • September 9-11