n the Feb. 2, 1982 issue of the Gazette it was reported that the MTA announced the closing of the No. 7 train between Times Square and the Vernon-Jackson Station between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The service was suspended for one year in order to perform extensive repairs to broken duct banks responsible for carrying power; discharge lines which carry water into the city sewer system and manhole sliding doors.
The MTA estimated the affected ridership to be about 2,100 per night in both directions.
In January 2012, riders traveling along the No. 7 line experienced similar delays with suspension of service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square for eleven weekends beginning January 21, as well as the full closure of the Court Square Station until April 2.
The long-term project saw the installation of state-of-the-art signaling along the line, replacing a system that is between 50 and 90 years old.
The new Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system, scheduled to be completed in late 2016, will improve reliability, enhance safety and reduce maintenance requirements while increasing line capacity and operational flexibility.
At the Court Square Station in Long Island City the rehabilitation project involved platform and windscreen replacement and the enhancement of accessibility features with the installation of AD boarding areas, tactile warning strips and signage. This project included the installation of three ADA elevators making the station accessible to the disabled. The project was estimated at $7.2 million.
–Jason D. Antos