By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BROOKLYN – MTA New York City Transit’s Fastrack program continues this week, this time inconveniencing many Brooklyn residents who are coming home from the West Side of Manhattan late at night.
Fortunately, there are many transfer stations, such as Atlantic Avenue, and most of the routes affected are duplicated by other lines.
Fastrack entails the partial closure of a subway line for four consecutive weeknights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MTA New York City Transit’s first Fastrack took place in January on the number 4, 5 and 6 lines that stem out from the Lexington Avenue trunk line in Manhattan.
This time, the number 2 and 3 lines, which feed into the Seventh Avenue trunk line, will be closed at those hours through Thursday between 34th Street-Penn Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. (The number 1 line is also affected, but it terminates in Manhattan and doesn’t go to Brooklyn.)
Within Brooklyn, the 5 line will make all 2 line stops between Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. The 3 line will terminate at Penn Station and will not operate Brooklyn, but 4 trains will make all of the 3 line’s stops between Atlantic and New Lots avenues.
Within Manhattan, most of the 2 and 3 lines’ stations are within a block of A, C and E line stations. At Jay Street-MetroTech, riders can transfer from the A or C lines to the N and R lines. From there, it’s only two stops south on the N or R to Atlantic Avenue, where affected riders will be able to pick up the 2, 4 and 5 trains to New Lots Avenue or Flatbush Avenue.
During the last Fastrack program, crews repaired platforms, scrapped peeling paint, installed new lighting, cleaned tracks, repaired defects, and conducted critical inspections and repairs of signals and switches.
“In four nights,” read an official MTA statement, “We were able to accomplish what would normally take two months to complete.”