Archive for the ‘service alert’ Category

C train is so bad, it has service alerts when it isn’t even running for the weekend!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Service Alert Screenshot

According to the service alert above, the (C) isn’t running right now due to a police investigation. The problem is that the (C) isn’t running at all this weekend to begin with!

No C trains running – Take the A instead
Jan 9 – 11, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon
Note: A trains run local between 168 St and Euclid Av
Free shuttle buses replace A trains between Jay St and Utica Av

(1) and (6) trains had big problems this morning

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Service Alerts Screenshot

Things did not look good for the IRT No. 1 and 6 subway lines this morning. The (1) had signal problems at three different stations all at the same time!

  • 116th Street-Columbia University Station
  • 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station
  • Marble Hill-225th Street Station

While the (6) had a track problem at the Westchester Square Station.

The (1) problems were resolved one by one, with the last one cleared up at 1:41 PM. Unfortunately, at 4:01 PM, more signal problems cropped up along the (1), this time at the 125th Street Station. That issue was fixed over four hours later, at 8:39 PM, according to the service alerts emails.

Cortlandt St BMT subway station uptown side to reopen Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit has announced that the uptown side of the Cortlandt Street BMT subway station will reopen at 3PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (see poster).

Cortlandt St Station reopens uptown side

That is, if isn’t open already (see screen shot below) :

Cortlandt St Station to reopen monday error

Oops, someone goofed! Don’t worry, it happens all the time on

Oh, for the record, this station was closed for WAY too long.

Debris on the tracks at 191 Street Station causes (1) line delays

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
191 Street Station on the (1)

191 Street Station on the (1)

I received an MTA Text Message Alert about this while I was on a Bx20 heading for the 207 St terminal of the (A) train. Looks like I made the right choice this morning! [I usually take the (1) train through 191 St.]

(1) line Service Alert at

(1) line Service Alert at

Funky Schist Going Down in the City (Along the (1) Train Route)

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Last night, apparently part of the ceiling collapsed at the 181 St station on the (1) New York City Subway line, causing debris to fall onto the tracks. This is causing all manner of mad craziness this morning. I took the Bx10 to the Bx7 to the (A).

181 St Ceiling Collapse big - MTA Service Alert

Bad news for residents of Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingsbridge, Inwood, and Washington Heights, though the latter two have the (A) train to make up for it.

My Bx10 driver correctly announced several times that there was no (1) service, and to take the Bx7 or Bx20 to 207 St for the (A) train. However, the driver of the Bx7 I transferred to did not make any such announcement, and thus a lot of people exited his bus at 231 St to walk down to the (1) station 🙁

Then in my station in midtown, I heard the much lauded “Dedicated Announcer” announce that there was shuttle bus service between 242 St and 168 St (making all stops), and that all (1) trains running between 242 St and Dyckman St would be running express. Express????

That pesky switch at Dyckman Street (1)

Monday, August 10th, 2009


service alert - switch problems at Dyckman - 8-10-09

Service Alert fun for the day

Why exactly does a switch problem at Dyckman Street cause the suspension of southbound (1) train service??

Monday’s NYCT Service Alerts Roundup

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I caught two interesting/funny service alerts posted at The first one mentions Bowling Green-bound (5) trains, when (5) trains go all the way to Flatbush Av. Oops. The second one describes a low power condition at Grand Av. What’s a “low power condition”, what causes it, and how does it actually affect the trains or signals?

Oops: should say Flatbush Avenue-bound

Oops: should say Flatbush Avenue-bound

What's a "low power condition"???

What's a "low power condition"???

Power outage on the Brighton Line

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

There’s a temporary loss of power between the Prospect Park and Parkside Avenue stations on the Brighton Line. Those NYC Subway commuters are in for some delays…

MTA New York City Transit - Service Alert

MTA New York City Transit - Service Alert

And this is after there were big problems out in the Rockaways this morning, affecting (A) and (S) service.

Temporary timetables for the G line crosstown subway service

Friday, July 17th, 2009


Temporary schedules/timetables have been posted to the MTA/NYCT website for the G subway line. These temporary timetables are in effect throughout July and August 2009 due to “extensive system maintenance.”

Temporary schedules for the G line

Temporary schedules for the G line

NYCT finally posts the Service Changes poster for the G line extension

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

As announced here on the Railfan Window Blog first, the G line extension to Church Avenue is still scheduled to begin on-time on July 5, 2009.

Here is the Service Changes poster than New York City Transit finally uploaded to their website.

Service Changes: G Line Extension to Church Av beginning July 5, 2009

Service Changes: G Line Extension to Church Av beginning July 5, 2009