Subway and rail service changes: September 16-19 (2023)

It's almost fall, y'all!If you're looking for something to do this weekend, may we suggest checking out our vintage fleet? The New York Transit Museum's Parade of Trainswill be at the Brighton Beach station this weekend, with historic trains from the museum's collection — and admission is free with your subway fare.

Whatever you end up doing, we're here to help you get where you're going. Here are some of the bigger service changes:

  • trains aren't running between 168 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St
  • trains aren't running between Rockaway Blvd and Far Rockaway-Mott Av
  • trains aren't running between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av
  • trains aren’t running between 121 St and Jamaica Center

And if you're heading to JFK Airport, heads up: trains won't be running to/from Howard Beach-JFK Airport because ofpreventative maintenance work. There will also be an AirTrain outage from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Taking the train to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK or the LIRR to Jamaica is your best bet — you can catch the AirTrain to the airport at both. And during the AirTrain outage, shuttle buses will be running from every airline terminal, as well as from several AirTrain stops. Port Authority has more details on that.

For more detailed breakdowns, keep on scrolling — we’ve also got travel alternatives for stations that will be closed or skipped.

These service changes are subject to change, so check theMTA homepagebefore heading out; it's where you'll find up-to-the-minute information on subway, bus, and rail service.

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Major subway service changes

trains, Manhattan and the Bronx

Trains are not running between 168 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St in either direction from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of station improvement work.

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  • trains are running between South Ferry and 168 St.
  • Free shuttle buses are running along three routes, making stops along the line:
    • On Broadway between Van Cortlandt Park-242 St and 215 St, stopping at 207 St on the line.
    • On St. Nicholas Av between 191 St and 168 St.
    • On Dyckman St between the Dyckman St and stations;late nights only.
    • Look for signs outside affected stations to locate the closest shuttle bus stop.
  • For service to/from stations in Washington Heights and Inwood, consider taking the . Transfer between trains and trains at 168 St or 59 St-Columbus Circle.

Learn more about changes to train service in Manhattan and the Bronx.

trains, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

trains are only running between Inwood-207 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvdfrom 5:30 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday because of preventative maintenance work. During this time, trains will not stop at Howard Beach-JFK Airport or stations in the Rockaways.

  • Free shuttle buses are running along three routes, making stops along the and lines:
    • Between Rockaway Blvd and Far Rockaway-Mott Av.
    • Between Rockaway Blvd and Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St on the .
    • Between Rockaway Blvd and Howard Beach-JFK Airport.
  • Rockaway Park Shuttle trains are notstopping at Broad Channel. Instead, trains are running between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Far Rockaway-Mott Av on the .
  • For service to/from JFK Airport, consider taking the to/from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK or the LIRR to/from Jamaica.

Downtown and trains are running on the line from W 4 St-Washington Sq to Jay St-MetroTech from 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from Spring St, Canal St, or Chambers St/World Trade Center, take the and transfer to/from the at W 4 St-Washington Sq.
  • For service to/from Fulton St, take the and transfer to/from the at Delancey St-Essex St on the .
  • For service to/from High St, use the nearby York St station.

Learn more about changes to service in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

trains, Brooklyn

Trains are not running between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av in either direction from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • trains are running in two sections:
    • Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs.
    • Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts, every 20 minutes.
  • For service to/from stations between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av, take the between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Jay St-MetroTech, and then the .
  • Reminder: Jamaica-bound trains are running express from 4 Av-9 Sts to Jay St-MetroTech.

Learn more about changes to service in Brooklyn.

trains, Queens

Trains are not running between 121 St and Jamaica Center in either direction 24/7 because of track and concrete replacement work.

  • trains are running between Broad St and 121 the last stop.
  • For service between 121 St and Jamaica Center, take a free J99 shuttle bus to/from the Jamaica-Van Wyck station. There, you can catch an train to/from Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport and Jamaica Center.
  • LIRR will cross-honor MetroCards at Atlantic Terminal, Nostrand Av, East New York, Jamaica, Hollis, Queens Village, St Albans, Locust Manor, Laurelton, and Rosedale.

Learn more about changes to service in Queens.

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Other service changes

trains, Bronx and Brooklyn

Manhattan-bound trains are running on the express track from Crown Hts-Utica Av toAtlantic Av-Barclays Ctrfrom 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take a Brooklyn-bound train.

Brooklyn-bound trains are running on the express track from E 180 St to 3 Av-149 St from 3:45 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday because of track replacement.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take a Wakefield-bound train.

trains are not running between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse in either direction from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track replacement.

  • trains are running between Dyre Av and E 180 St, and between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green.
  • For service to/from stations between 149 St-Grand Concourse and E 180 St, take the .

Learn more about changes to service in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

trains, Brooklyn

Queens-bound and Euclid Av-bound trains are running on the express track from Utica Av to Broadway Junction from 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take a Manhattan-bound train.

Manhattan-bound trains are running on the express track from Euclid Av to Broadway Junction because of station improvement work.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take aQueens-bound orEuclid Av-bound train.

Learn more about changes to service in Brooklyn.

trains, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Manhattan-bound trains are running on the express track from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza from 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of signal modernization work.

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  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take a Queens-bound train.

Queens-bound trains are running on the express track from Canal St to 57 St-7 Av because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take a Brooklyn-bound train.

Queens-bound trains are running on the line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Canal St because of communications improvement work.

  • Queens-bound trains will make all stops between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Canal St, and will stop at the platform at Canal St.

96 St-bound trains are running on the line from DeKalb Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr, and then via the to Lexington Av/63 St because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take trains.

Learn more about changes to service in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

trains, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Coney Island-bound trains are running on the line from Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr from 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • For service tobypassed stations, transfer to a Jamaica-bound train at 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr.
  • For service from 21 St-Queensbridge, take a Jamaica-bound train to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av, or consider walking to the nearby Queens Plaza station.
  • For service from Roosevelt Island, takea Jamaica-bound train to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.
  • For service from Lexington Av/63 St, take the to 34 St-Herald Sq.
  • For service from 57 St, use the nearby 57 St-7 Av station for service to 34 St-Herald Sq.

Jamaica-bound trains are running on the express track from Kings Hwy to 18 Av from 3:45 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday because of signal modernization work.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take aConey Island-bound train.

Jamaica-bound trains are running on the express track from 4 Av-9 St to Jay St-MetroTech from 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday because of track maintenance.

  • For service to/from bypassed stations, take aConey Island-bound train.
  • Reminder: trains are not running between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av in either direction.

Learn more about changes to service in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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Long Island Rail Road service changes

Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Ronkonkoma branches

Trains are not running between Jamaica and Hicksville in both directions because of construction related to the LIRR Expansion Project.

  • From Hicksville, take a shuttle train to Babylon for service towards Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • Oyster Bay Branch trains will run between East Williston and Oyster Bay. Shuttle buses connect East Williston, Mineola, and Hempstead.
  • For stations New Hyde Park through Westbury, use nearby NICE buses or Hempstead Branch stations.

Learn more about service changes between Jamaica and Hicksville.

Metro-North Railroad service changes

Port Jervis Line

Trains are not running between Suffern and Port Jervis in both directions from 12:45 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

  • Buses are running between Ramsey-Route 17 and all stations between Sloatsburg and Port Jervis. See the full bus schedule here.
  • Trains are running between Hoboken and Suffern on a modified schedule and express service isn't running.
  • Riders traveling from Otisville and Salisbury Mills to Hoboken and New York should consider using the Middletown or Harriman stations instead. Local bus service will be available but does not connect with the train at Ramsey-Route 17.
  • Busing begins on Saturday morning with the 12:39 a.m.from Hoboken. Train service resumes early Monday morning with the 12:39 a.m.from Hoboken.

Learn more about changes to Port Jervis Line service.

Wassaic Line

Trains are not running between Southeast and Wassaic in both directions 24/7 through November 20, 2022 because of track maintenance.

  • Buses are running between Southeast and Wassaic. Express and local buses will be available for most trains. Expect up to an additional hour of travel time. See the full bus schedule here.
  • Trains are running between Grand Central Terminal and Southeast.

Learn more about changes to Wassaic Line service.

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FAQs

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The New York City Subway has a total number of 472 stations, more than in any other subway system.

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