Riders on the 7 train need to once again find a different way to move between Manhattan and Queens as the latest round of weekend shutdowns begin Friday on the line. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
The next stop on this train is not in Manhattan - at least not for five weekends this fall.
"The 7 is like the main pipeline to this city from this area, so if it's down, that means I'm not going anywhere," said one rider.
Starting Friday at 11:45 p.m., the 7 train won't run the next four weekends between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square and again from November 22nd to the 25th. The MTA is resuming installation of a new signaling system designed to make the line more reliable.
"Last year, it was for six months. This year, it's going to be now five weeks. So it's no good," said one rider.
"It's a pain but it's really better that they fix it, so we have less delays on a daily basis," said another rider.
The lengthy work has already stretched across several years on select weekends and that is expected to continue until late 2016, when the Communications Based Train Control System is completed.
"A lot of folks don't believe it's ever going to end, and it's hard to envision a payoff that will be worth what we've gone through here," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
But the recurring annoyance to riders on the 7 is part of moving the Flushing line toward an automated system that the MTA says will allow trains to run faster, closer together and safely. It will also bring countdown clocks like those found on the other numbered lines.
"It's definitely worth it. You know, again, this is something that's going to enable us to meet increasing ridership demand over the next couple of years," said MTA Spokesman Kevin Ortiz.
In the meantime, plan on finding another way to get around.
Riders moving between Manhattan and Queens should use the E, F, N and Q lines during the weekend service suspensions.
In addition, the 42nd Street shuttle will run overnight, allowing riders to move between Times Square and Grand Central.
For more information, visit mta.dot.info.