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Keeping weekend service disruptions straight is confusing enough for straphangers.

And erroneous announcements — about train stops that turn out to be closed and transfers to lines that actually don’t run on weekends — only make matters worse.
“Every time you come down here it’s a crapshoot,” said Terrance Flynn, 55, who on Sunday had been waiting for a C train at the 34th Street station, only to be told by a reporter that it wasn’t running.
A recent survey of 6,600 train announcements by the Straphangers Campaign found that up to 3 percent of them were incorrect.
Examples of inaccurate information recently relayed to riders include:
- A digital message on a downtown R train that said the next stop would be Cortlandt Street, which is closed.
- Announcements to change for the B or C train at Columbus Circle, when those aren’t lines weren’t running.
- A digital map in an E car that informed riders to change for the A and C lines, when those weren’t options.
Transit union officials blamed the MTA for not always allowing conductors to override the digital messages. Union officials also said it’s not guaranteed that conductors are always told about the service changes.
A NYC Transit spokesman, however, said that the scripts are created prior to each weekend and distributed to conductors, with any problems a result of “human error.”