Thousands of straphangers will need to find a different way to get around during late nights this week as the MTA cancels overnight service along a large chunk of its No. 1/2/3 lines for maintenance.
Beginning Monday night, trains will not run between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Penn Station to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Service will be back to normal on Friday morning.
As many as 37,500 riders will be affected by the disruption, according to the MTA, which says straphangers should expect to add about 20 minutes to their normal travel time. The best places to transfer are at Times Square, Atlantic Avenue and 59th Street/Columbus Circle.
The cash-strapped agency says shutting down service helps employees do additional work they can’t do when trains are running, and to also finish it faster and safer. The MTA expects to save $10-15 million under the new maintenance program, dubbed “Fastrack.”
When the program debuted last month along the Lexington Avenue line, the MTA said more than 300 tasks were done, including repainting stations, fixing lights and repairing platforms.
The next overnight closure will be along the B/D/F lines between Feb. 27 and March 2.