Starting late Friday night, Brooklyn riders at some stations near the end of the B, Q and F lines will see their commutes altered, thanks to two weeks of work that will keep some lines from reaching their usual destinations. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
The last stop on the B train for the next two weeks will be Kings Highway and not four stops away at Brighton Beach.
As for the F and Q, you won't be seeing them pulling in, as they normally do, to the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station until the start of next month.
"It's not comfortable for people, I think," said one subway rider. "It's a big issue."
Starting this weekend, Brooklyn commuters who use the stations near the end of those lines can expect some changes to their commutes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority does track work and performs what it calls a critical switch renewal project.
"We try to do this work at times that inconvenience our customers the least, but just the need to do this work, specifically, the switch renewal and the track panels, is something that we need to get done as quickly as possible" said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz.
That didn't thrill riders who commute from the West 8th Street station in Brooklyn, which will be closed as the work gets done.
"It's a big headache because people have to go to places," said one subway rider. "People have work, appointments, they got to pick up their children."
The N and D trains will still run all the way to Stillwell Avenue, but riders on the other affected lines will have to take free shuttle buses or walk.
For riders on the Q, shuttle buses will run between Brighton Beach and Coney Island, with stops at West 8th Street and Ocean Parkway. For riders on the F, the shuttle buses will operate between Avenue X and Coney Island, with the stops at Neptune Avenue and West 8th Street.
"Two weeks? I think it's reasonable for maintenance. Just as long as we have shuttle buses that are on time," said one subway rider.
"It's hard because sometimes, you're waiting for the bus, the bus is not there," said another. "The weather is cold, too."
The MTA said the switch renewal project is essential to getting trains from four lines in and out of the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue terminal and that the track panels are ripe for replacement.
"This is old track that essentially has reached the end of its useful life," Ortiz said. "When this track isn't replaced, essentially, that results in us having to issue slow-speed orders."
The MTA said the work should be completed by 5 a.m. on December 1.