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Track Work on Astoria Line Begins Bringing Service Interruptions to N/W Trains Through October

The Astoria Boulevard station (MTA)

Aug. 26, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Track work on the Astoria N/W line has begun, causing midday service interruptions to the subway route in northwest Queens from now through mid-October.

MTA crews are replacing track panels on the Manhattan-bound side of the line through Oct. 15, causing service changes during the middle of the day. The work began on Aug. 23.

The work affects Manhattan-bound travelers on weekdays for eight weeks, a MTA spokesperson said.

Manhattan-bound N trains will run express from Astoria Boulevard to Queensboro Plaza from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will also be no W train service in Queens during the same time frame, from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

N and W service during morning and afternoon rush hours as well as evenings will run as normal.

Service interruptions will expand to weekends as well next month.

MTA crews will start track panel replacement work on weekends, beginning Sept. 11. For five weekends, Manhattan-bound N trains will run express between Astoria Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza from 3:45 a.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. Sunday.

The W line is unaffected as it doesn’t operate on weekends.

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Feels like these tracks and tie panels were just replaced when we had and express train that could run in the center track to add service to Ditmars and Astoria Blvd. Then someone realized that all the material needed to be replaced. Then we repainted the elevation and platforms. Then we reconstructed the platforms without elevators. Then only two stations got the upgrade for an elevator. Now, we return to replacement of rails and ties after what has to be the shortest lifespan in the MTA history? Did the steel fail? Bad installation? Someone has to tell the truth – any whistleblowers still around to speak up for the little people desperate for reliable service?

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Sara Ross

There is track work every single weekend on practically every line, but yet every day, without fail, there are track problems, signal/switch problems, door problems, etc. What is done on the weekends and late nights when people who don’t work 9-5 have to find other ways to get home or to work?

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