May 10, Staff Report
The N train will not be running in Astoria for eight weekends this summer so the MTA can replace switches and do track work.
The MTA said the N line will not be making stops between Queensboro Plaza and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd from 12:01 am Saturdays to 5 am Mondays in both direction directions. On holiday weekends, the train will be down until 5 am Tuesdays.
The MTA said the work will increase efficiency and reduce noise along the line, including by PS 85 where parents and teachers have often complained that the noise has been disrupting lessons.
The MTA says the work is being conducted during a period of light ridership in order to minimize the impact to riders.
The shutdowns are scheduled to take place the weekends of May 20-22, Memorial Day Weekend of May 27-30, June 3-5, August 12-14, August 19-21, August 26-28, Labor Day Weekend of Sept. 2-5 and Sept. 9-11, according to the MTA.
During the outage, the MTA will be providing shuttle buses along the route. The W train, which also services Astoria along the same line, does not run on weekends.
Councilman Costa Constantinides lauded the MTA for doing the work.
“For the entire school community at PS 85, this is a sigh of relief. Elementary school children should not have to bear the burden of repeated interruptions while engaging in the learning process.”