MTA Upgrades Disrupts Subways, LIRR

Subway riders are having their patience tested even more than usual this weekend with the MTA in the midst of its long-term, systemwide rebuilding effort.

Every line is being affected, except for the "L" line, the 42nd street Shuttle and the Staten Island Railroad, so allow for additional travel time.The MTA's $ 11.2 billion dollars capital rebuilding program is involves upgrading and maintaining tracks, stations and signal systems.

There are also disruptions on the Long Island Railroad, where signal modernization is taking place. This means an-hour-and-10 minutes will be added to each trip.Just three of the railroad's 11 branches have direct service to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown, Manhattan: Port Washington on the north shore; Babylon and Long Beach on the south.

There will be no trains to or from Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Hollis, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Merillon Avenue, New Hyde Park, St. Albans, all in Queens; and Nostrand Avenue or East New York, also in Brooklyn, Buses will replace trains along some segments.

The project will also result in severe service disruptions on the weekend of the New York City Marathon, Nov. 6 and 7.

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