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Service on L and No. 7 trains partially suspended this weekend

A commuter waits to ride the 7

A commuter waits to ride the 7 subway train.

Traveling between the boroughs on the rails is going to be little tougher than usual this weekend.

There will be no service between Brooklyn and Manhattan on the L line all weekend, while 7 trains will be suspended between Queens Plaza and Times Square, the MTA said. This will be the first of at least five weekends over the next two months when No. 7 trains won’t take straphangers across the East River as a new signal system is installed that will automatically control trains using wireless data, and also pave the way for the installation of countdown clocks.

The transit agency hopes the new system “will enable us to run more trains together and increase capacity,” spokesman Kevin Ortiz said, adding that work on the No. 7 line including fixing track circuits and rails andrehabilitating the Steinway tunnel that connects Queens and Manhattan — will be ongoing for at least the next five years.

Subway service disruptions are also planned on more than a dozen other lines.

Follow reporter Marc Beja on Twitter: @Marc_Beja


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