Massive Service Disruptions On Subways

Word to the wise. If you ride subways regularly -- especially on the weekend, expect chaos underground. You'll be better off walking due to wide-spread service disruptions affecting 17 of the city's 22 subway lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

Construction work is being done on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, N, Q, R and S.

The disruptions are expected to go through Wednesday, courtesy of the weekday pilot program titled, "Fast Track," which calls for an overnight blitz of repairs on the respective routes.

The MTA says by cramming all the work into such a short period time, allows for the always cash-strapped agency to save between $10 and $15 million in repair costs.

Here's what strap-hangers can look forward to:

Brooklyn riders will be the most put out: No. 3 train service is suspended below 34th Street in both directions. And if you take the No. 2 or No. 4 trains instead, expect big delays because they're running local through parts of Manhattan, by-passing stations uptown and downtown below 14th Street. The No. 6 is bypassing stops south of Union Square.

Meanwhile, people living south of Prospect Park will be the only ones able to ride the Q train. And if you ride the Q in Manhattan, expect lots of problems with alternate lines via the N and R, which are skipping stops in Chelsea and SoHo.

Had enough yet? There's lots more.

The C has been skipping 50th, 23rd and Spring streets, while the E runs over the F line above West 4th Street. As for the F line, it's running on the A line -- south of West 4th.

If you're eyes haven't glazed over yet, you can find a more detailed listing of service disruptions and alternate routes at mta.info/service.

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