Benjamin Carroll

E, M Subway Repairs Begin; Trains Rerouted, Suspended Between Manhattan & Queens

Some E and M train riders will need to find alternate routes this week. 

That's because the MTA is rerouting one line and suspending the other through New Year's Eve to make a series of repairs to the 53rd Street Tunnel, which carries both lines between Manhattan and Queens. 

E trains will run along the F line between West Fourth Street in Manhattan and the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue stop in Queens. M trains, meanwhile, will be suspended along the majority of its route. 

Among the repairs will be third-rail replacement, track drainage clearing, track replacement, leak-proof grouting and signal wiring. 

The service changes went into effect at 5 a.m. Tuesday and will be in effect until  8 a.m. Dec. 31.

Here's what you need to expect if you use either line:

E train

  • E trains will run along the F Line between West Fourth Street and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue. 
  • Stations only serviced by the E or E and M lines between those stations in both Manhattan and Queens will be closed for the week.
  • Queens Plaza will be closed during the overnight hours, as the R train that connects to the E/R line there does not run during the overnight hours.
M train
  • M service will be suspended along the entire length of the line from Broadway Junction in Brooklyn and 71st Avenue in Queens. 
  • The M train shuttle between Metropolitan Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff avenues will run as scheduled

Click here for more information on how to reroute your commute. 

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