Major service disruption on the 7 line subway, again

January 12, 2008 6:35:32 PM PST
Weekends of headaches are coming for some straphangers. Track repairs on the number 7 line means no service between the Main Street-Flushing station and the Woodside 61st Street station in Queens.

That means some disgruntled subway riders.

Eyewitness News reporter Thalia Patillo has more.

There was frustration as straphangers enter the first weekend of suspended number 7 train service between Woodside 61st Street and Main Street Flushing.

"Alternate plans are not as good as original plans," said Robert Bruno.

Robert Bruno was among the hundreds of riders mapping out a plan whether to take a free shuttle bus or free Long Island Rail Road train service.

Still the suspension is a grim reminder for 7 train riders of the service disruption between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza they encountered in February.

"It usually takes me one hour and 20 minutes but today if I take the shuttle bus it would take me more than two hours."

There are eight stops between 61st Street and Main Street-Flushing and transit officials say it was absolutely necessary to shut down service to replace 25-year-old signal equipment and track switches.

Number 7 train general manager Lou Brusati telling us one of the priorities has been getting the word out so to avoid confusion.

"We have a lot of bilingual speaking employees some who have volunteered over the weekend to get people moving in the right direction," said No. 7 train general manager, Lou Brusati. "We don't want to hamper anyone's travel plans that's for sure."

The upgrade suspends service for five weekends in Woodside, Queens.