NYC Transit Addresses 7 Train Delays
During the weekend of May 20 through May 23, there was no No. 7 subway service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza. Customers were instructed to take the E, N, R or F service shuttle buses.
The delays that have compromised the line’s reliability over the past several months have been caused largely by an aging signal system and water-related issues in the Steinway tunnels under the East River between the Vernon-Jackson station in Long Island City and Grand Central station in Manhattan.
Aside from the past weekend, two additional weekend service suspensions between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza have been scheduled to address this issue on June 24 through June 27 and July 29 through August 1.
The completion of this work will eliminate a key cause of the recent delays, providing some near-term relief.
The signals controlling train traffic on this portion of the No. 7 Flushing line are anywhere from 50 to 90 years old and in need of replacement. The installation of a modern, Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system was contracted in June 2010 and has a substantial completion date of late 2016.
This work is being performed at the same time as construction on the No. 7 line’s extension to Manhattan’s far west side.