For the second time in less than a month — and at least the third time this spring — uptown 1 trains will make their last stop at 96th Street, leaving everything north of it without a subway.
Beginning at 11:15 p.m., on Friday and running through 5 a.m., on Monday, June 17, no 1 trains will run between 96th Street and Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street for what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is describing as track and switch maintenance near 137th Street.
"It's not just one project going on," an MTA spokeswoman told The Riverdale Press. "That's why there's a lot of work happening.
"We try to schedule some of this work during times of lower ridership, and in this particular case, it's usually the weekends, and particularly during the summer, because there's no school."
Instead of taking the train on the Broadway line, straphangers instead will have to depend on free shuttle buses as well as the M3, M100 buses, as well as the A and C trains. The A train can be picked up at Isham Street off the Bx7 in Inwood, while the C is available from 168th Street.
But there is some light at the end of the elevated line. The most disruptive interruptions like the Bronx shutdowns should only last until July.
"So the good news is that after this work is done, we won't have to do this again for a while," the spokeswoman said. "But especially with projects like switch renewals and track panels, trains obviously can't run if there's no tracks underneath them, and they can't run if the switches are out. And cleaning drains are very important, especially before hurricane season."
Shuttle buses will run along four routes, according to the MTA. Use the A train to nearby stations via a transfer at 59th Street, the 168th Street shuttle for the A, Dyckman Street bus for the A and 1, or the 207th shuttle bus to the A.