Major Upgrades Planned for N Line in New York City

December 31, 2016- New York City - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, dedicates the brand new Second Avenue Subway Line in New York City on December 31, 2016. The station opens to the public at noon on January 1, 2017. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

NEW YORK — New York City Transit (NYCT) will be performing major upgrades to the Astoria’s N Subway Line equipment this summer.

Planned work includes the replacement of switches and other track work that will increase reliability and reduce delays. The new switches will reduce noise along the 31st Street corridor, officials said.

The $12.4 million project will require eight non-consecutive weekend closures between May and September. On these weekends, from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, free shuttle buses will replace N Subway service between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. and Queensboro Plaza in both directions, making stops at all affected N Subway stations.

Crews will replace all switches along a 730-foot span of elevated track south of the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd station, as well as track panels and steel girders that support the structure. Trains will not be able to operate during this work because cranes and other heavy equipment must lift large sections of track panels from the street onto the elevated structure.

The replacement of these switches and track panels will help reduce the amount of noise from trains along the elevated portion of the Astoria line, which runs through several residential and commercial areas as well as past P.S. 85 south of the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd station.

“We strive to be good neighbors while providing safe and reliable service, which is why we scheduled the closures during period of light ridership in order to minimize the impact to customers,” NYCT Acting President Darryl Irick said in a news release. “This work will increase reliability of service and reduce train noise – two things the community has long asked for from MTA.”