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We're putting repairs on the FASTRACK
Returns to Queens on the E subwayF subwayM subwayR subway Weeknights 10 PM to 5 AM • Mon to Fri
March 30 - April 3 and April 6 - 10

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About FASTRACK

FASTRACK is a subway maintenance, cleaning, and repair program that shuts down segments of a subway line for several hours over consecutive weeknights, allowing our employees to perform a number of critical maintenance jobs. The line shutdown approach has proven successful in that, under normal conditions in our 24/7 system, the scope and breadth of this important work would be impossible to accomplish with customers and trains moving through work areas. Thus far, since FASTRACK began in 2012, the results have had a positive impact on service with a reduction in train delays and a decrease in the number of track fires, while realizing cost efficiencies and a lower accident rate for employees.



FASTRACK tasks typically include:

  • Track – remove debris and repair or replace tie blocks and running rails.
  • Third Rail Operations – clean and remove debris from under and around the third rail.
  • Signals – perform general maintenance on signals and switches and replace dispatcher holding lights.
  • Infrastructure – repair or replace handrails, signs, and tunnel lighting. Clean track drains and repair water damage/leaks.
  • Electronic Maintenance – optimize performance of closed-circuit television monitors and cameras. Inspect and test public address system equipment.
  • Station Environment – perform high-intensity station cleaning and painting as well as perform elevator and escalator   repair work. Clean vents and drains.

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Service Changes

No E subway between Roosevelt Av and World Trade Center

No F subway between Roosevelt Av and 21 St-Queensbridge

M subway service ends early between 71 Av and Essex St each night

R subway service ends early between 71 Av and 36 St, Brooklyn each night



FASTRACK begins weeknights at 10 PM and ends 5 AM the next morning. This service change will run for two weeks from Mar 30 to Apr 3 and Apr 6 to 10 nightly, ending Friday morning. Read on for more information.




What are the travel alternatives?

  • Take the 7 subway between Manhattan and 74 St/Roosevelt Av or Queensboro Plaza.
  • Take the N subway  between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza.
  • In Manhattan along 8 Avenue, take the A subway local or C subway instead of the E subway. Along 53 St, use the D subway or nearby 6 subway and N subway service instead.
  • In Manhattan, transfer at 5 Av/42 St-Bryant Pk 7 subwayF subway, Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority 7 subwayA subwayC subwayN subway, and
    34 St-Herald Sq F subwayN subway.
  • Bus Icon Free shuttle buses run LOCAL between Queensboro Plaza and 74 St/Roosevelt Av, making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd, and 65 St.
  • In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74 St/Roosevelt Av 7 subwayF subway 
    or Queensboro Plaza 7 subway.




How will trains operate?

E subway In Queens only between Jamaica Center and 74 St/Roosevelt Av.

F subway Service operates in two sections as follows:
1. Between 179 St and 74 St/Roosevelt Av.
2. Between Stillwell Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.

Q subway Service ends earlier between 71 Av and Essex St each night:
The last Metropolitan Av-bound M subway leaves 71 Av at approximately 8:15 PM.
The last 71 Av-bound M subway leaves Metropolitan Av at approximately 8:10 PM.
M subway shuttle service between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av runs all night.

R subway Service ends earlier between 71 Av and 36 St, Brooklyn each night:
The last 95 St-bound R subway leaves 71 Av at approximately 9:10 PM.
The last 71 Av-bound R subway leaves 95 St at approximately 9 PM.
R subway shuttle service in Brooklyn between 95 St and 36 St runs all night.

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Getting Around

Affected E subwayF subwayM subway Stations Travel Alternatives
74 St/Roosevelt Av 7 subway
Bus Icon Free shuttle buses to local stations
Jamaica Center-bound E subway service available
179 St-bound F subway service available
65 St Bus Icon Free shuttle buses provide LOCAL service between
    Queensboro Plaza 7 subwayN subway and
    74 St/Roosevelt Av
7 subwayE subwayF subway
Northern Blvd
46 St
Steinway St
36 St
21 St-Queensbridge Coney Island-bound F subway service available
Nearly Queensboro Plaza 7 subwayN subway
Queens Plaza Queensboro Plaza 7 subwayN subway
Bus Icon Free shuttle buses to 74 St/Roosevelt Av
Court Sq-23 St Court Sq 7 subway
Lexington Av-53 St 51 St 4 subway local or 6 subway to/from the 7 subway
at Grand Central-42 St or N subway at Lex Av/59 St
47-50 Sts for downtown service to the 5 Av/42 St-
Bryant Pk 7 subway
or W 4 St A subwayC subway stations
5 Av/53 St
7 Av D subway to/from:
     • 7 subway at 5 Av/42 St-Bryant Pk or
     • A subway at W 4 St or 59 St-Columbus Circle
N subway at nearby 57 St-7 Av or 49 St
stations between 50 St
and World Trade Center
Take A subway local or C subway to/from the 7 subwayN subway
at Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority


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