NYCT to Upgrade Astoria’s N Line

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that New York City Transit (NYCT) will be performing major upgrades to the Astoria’s N Line equipment this summer.

The $12.4 million project, which will include the replacement of switches and other track work, will require eight non-consecutive weekend closures between May and September, with shuttle buses making stops at affected N stations. During the scheduled work, NYC Transit representatives will be available along the shuttle bus route to assist customers. 

Included in the project are the replacement of all switches along a 730-foot span of elevated track south of the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd station and the replacement of track panels and steel girders that support the structure. The replacement of switches and track panels will help reduce the amount of noise from trains along the elevated portion of the Astoria line. 

“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,” said NYCT Acting President Darryl Irick. “This work will increase reliability of service and reduce train noise – two things the community has long asked for from MTA.” 

“This critical infrastructure improvement has been long-anticipated,” remarked Council Member Costa Constantinides. “The MTA’s commitment to replace switches, track panels, and steel girders will increase service reliability and will significantly mitigate noise from the overhead structure.”