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The New York Times reported this week a plan to move some of the soul-crushing weekend subway service disruptions to blocks of weeknights. Potentially bad news for night owls and night shift workers, but a relief to weekend tourists.
Tourists are often overwhelmed by New York’s subway network and the mystifying signage at stations do little to help. They are often totally unprepared for the torture of ‘planned service disruptions.’ Most subway systems in the world do not operate 24 x 7 so use the down time to conduct maintenance. New York’s runs 24 x 7 so maintenance is squeezed in through endlessly shifting service disruptions, generally on weekends. These can take many forms, from diversions to other lines to shuttle bus services. The MTA homepage prominently displays disruptions, planned and unplanned, with links to details.
A typical example is, for the 1 train:
trains, M3 and free shuttle buses provide alternate service
Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Nov 19 – 21
service operates between South Ferry and 168 St.