The MTA's "Fastrack" plan is at it again and striking down on late night commuters aboard 1, 2, and 3 trains this week. Straphangers will need to plan accordingly as the Seventh Avenue line will be suspended between 34th Street-Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue between 10PM-5AM on Feb 13-17.
The weeknight shutdowns are part of the agency's ongoing plan to make necessary repairs and as MTA chairman Jay Lhota puts it, "clean house." Lhota said the strategy would help with a number of scheduled improvements to, "clean the tracks, we need to scrape the paint off the walls, we need to put in new lighting fixtures..."
For the city that never sleeps, Fastrack marks an unprecedented, scheduled break from the 24-hour transit system. During August's Hurricane Irene scare, the MTA ordered the first ever transit shutdown for the entire network in order to prepare for the potential hurricane damage that never was.
Sixth Avenue line B, D, F, and M trains will be the next victims from February 20-24 with trains suspended from 59th and West 4th Streets. From March 12-March 16, Eighth Avenue A, C and E trains will be suspended from 59th Street to Jay Street in Brooklyn
While 1, 2, and 3 riders may grumble in confusion this week, just be glad you're not glued to the 7 train which currently is in the middle of commuter hell with a scheduled shutdown for 11 consecutive weekends.