Track work disrupts '7' train for 6 weekends

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)

January 31, 2010 5:50:56 AM PST
People in parts of Queens are facing a major inconvenience this weekend -- and for the next 6 weekends -- because of track work that is shutting down the No. 7 train. There will be no service between Times Square and Queensborough Plaza.

Long Island City leaders and residents are fuming over the disruption.

"It's really just a slap in the face to the Long Island City community, to do this without input and then to have a shuttle service. That doesn't really get to the heart of where people need to go to and from," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

Over the years, Long Island City has become more residential and less industrial. One of the selling points of living there is the growing restaurant scene and the quick commute to Manhattan.

Free shuttle buses will serve the affected stations in Queens. But for some, that's little consolation.

"We want the shuttle bus to appreciate when we have these outages to reflect that," resident Dale Jennings said. "Taking an extra five minutes to Midtown Tunnel, or Grand Central, but not 40 minutes the other way to Queens Plaza."

The service disruptions will last for six weekends, from January 29 to March 29th.

To read MTA's service note on these disruptions and get more details on the affected areas, go to