Straphangers won't see normal weekend service on the No. 7 train again until the spring as maintenance work will suspend trains between Manhattan and Queens for the next 11 weekends.
The MTA said the weekend shutdowns, beginning Saturday morning, are necessary for the agency to replace signals along the track to improve reliability and safety and reduce future maintenance. Long-term work on the more than 50-year-old tracks won't be finished until 2016.
"While we regret the inconvenience to our customers, this is work that must be done in order to improve the performance of this line," New York City Transit president Tom Prendergast said in a statement. Continued