The MTA's been planning to screw up your winter commute with consecutive subway shutdowns for a while, but we thought the Q train was safe—until now. Starting in January and lasting through March, there will be no Q train service across parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, so get ready to bundle up for your good pal the shuttle bus instead.
Shuttles will replace the Q between the Atlantic Avenue and Prospect Park stations on almost every weekend after New Year's Day through the beginning of March, and the train will not run in either direction between Prospect Park and 57th Street/ 7th Avenue in Manhattan. Looks like you'll be taking the local line, baby, if you can get out of Brooklyn to begin with.
Here are the shuttle days: January: 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; February: 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. The shuttle will stop at Prospect Park - Lincoln Road at station entrance, 7th Avenue - Flatbush Avenue at Park Place, and Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street - 4 Avenue at Pacific Street. Check the MTA site for more details.
The MTA says the disruptions are for track work and replacements that couldn’t have started until the Brighton Line rehabilitation project was complete. Between this and the F and G trainpocalypse, you should probably just cancel any plans you have until, roughly, June. [via Sheepsehead Bites]