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Some Subway Changes Still in Effect This Weekend as MTA Preps For Storm

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A lot of the subway work planned for this weekend has been canceled in anticipation of a snowstorm, but some changes are still in effect, including suspended service on the L train. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

7 trains will be running this weekend between Queens and Manhattan, despite signs at stations that say the contrary. 1 trains will also be making all local southbound stops between 145th and 96th Streets.

They're just two of the many changes that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to make on Friday afternoon as it pushed back an extensive schedule of weekend work on most of its subway lines with another snowstorm likely headed toward the city.

"I mean, it's cold outside, so you don't want to walk. You just need the train," one commuter said.

Riders will have it, on most lines at least. The L train still won't run in Manhattan and a stretch of Brooklyn, with service on that line extending only from Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues to Rockaway Parkway.

The MTA had scheduled work on each of the numbered lines and on most of the lettered ones - 17 in all - but it had to make a late shift into snowstorm preparation mode with more snow in the forecast.

"What we need to do is allocate resources to prepare for the storm and have forces ready to deal with the storm once it hits," said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz.

That means breaking out the heavy equipment that clears snow and ice from tracks, along with the shovels meant to keep platforms and stairwells clear. Again.

It's been a rough winter on mass transit, with so many snowstorms slowing trains, reducing express service and delaying buses, meaning that riders aren't the only ones who've had enough.

"The more we have to deal with inclement weather, whether it be large rainfall, hurricanes or snowstorms, it does cause problems when it comes to mass transit," Ortiz said.

Weekend work will still be done on the 6, F, M, N, Q and R. For more information, visit mta.info/weekender.

While many subway riders caught a break with much of this weekend's subway work being postponed, they still face the prospect of a miserable Monday morning commute if the forecast holds.

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