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MTA to Replace E Line Tracks in Queens; Two Stations to Temporarily Close

Work being done near the Jamaica/Van Wyck station on the E line. (MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins)

Aug. 31, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will replace thousands of feet of track along the E line in Queens next month.

MTA workers will replace and install more than 5,500 feet of track and more than 7,800 feet of third rail along the E line beginning Sept. 19, the agency said Friday.

The Sutphin Blvd-Archer Ave. and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations will be shuttered through November, in order for workers to complete the track work.

The track is reaching the end of its useful life and needs complete replacement, which will improve service for Queens and Manhattan riders, the agency said. The MTA is doing the work now, as ridership is low due to COVID-19.

The MTA will host virtual Zoom presentations to discuss alternative subway, bus and rail service for commuters who typically use the Sutphin Blvd-Archer Ave. and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer stations.

The meetings will be held on Monday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Customers can use the J and Z lines at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Sutphin Blvd/Archer Ave as an alternative.

They can also take a bus from either station to stations along the F line.


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How can these 2 stations tracks are reaching their “useful life” and its only been around since 1988 (1982 build started)


Wow! The MTA is finally going to do something? Are you kidding me? How many decades will this take to complete? Yes Decades! All the MTA is good at is crying for more money, taking breaks, and getting paid for senseless overtime! Every year the MTA is looking for bailouts. They can not properly manage their own money. Their employees are thieves stealing money by being paid for hours they are not working. But if skip paying a $2.75 fare you will be fined and possibly arrested. But the staff is stealing millions of dollars. Why are they not fired and facing charges? No wonder the MTA is always Billions under budget. Their solution is to annually raise public fares. Why should you and I pay the cost for their ineptitude and dishonesty? Instead of defunding the police. Refund the MTA. Disband the MTA and let’s start over again. Have a private corporation run the service. A successful private corporation will better know how to cut costs. They would never allow employees to get away with the shenanigans the current MTA staff pulls on a daily basis. The MTA thinks it has unlimited pockets and access to money. Unfortunately it’s your money and my money! Not the MTA’s money.

olufemi adedeji

The Infrastructure is Old,it’s past due thr work needed,the whole system needs an overhaul.
Then they’re done,we expect improvements,better service less interruption.
People are going to be mad/frustrated,so what!Let the work be done not than later.
The Whole System needs the Overhaul,way to long,especially the Bridges,instead of short cuts.

Dennis Garcia

More coverage on the Native American Events such as the cancellation of the powwow at the Queens Farm Museum


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