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Chaos through MTA construction

E and F line interruptions for Queens to Manhattan commuters

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Thu Apr 19, 2012.

Subway stations along Queens Boulevard are filled with scurrying commuters and lots of eye-rolling this week.

Subway interruptions at the E and F stations are causing chaos for commuters trying to make their way to Manhattan.

Since April 7 and until Monday, April 16 F trains are skipping the Sutphin Boulevard station on Hillside Avenue, Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard and 75th Avenue.

The E train will skip Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard and 75 Avenue until April 16, as well.

The F line will also be under construction until April 9 from Jay Street-MetroTech to West 4 Street, and the Jamaica-bound rote that runs locally from 21st Street-Queensborough to Roosevelt Avenue will undergo work until April 9.

The MTA says this is part of NYC Transit’s ongoing Capital Rebuilding Program that has scheduled construction aimed at upgrading and maintaining tracks, stations and signal systems in order to continue to provide customers with safe and reliable service.

Construction is being conducted on ties, tie blocks, plates and rail replacements.

Besides some posters on subway walls and notifications on the MTA website, the only indication of construction is the overhead speaker announcements that are broadcasted with information too muffled to comprehend while running through the station.

The hot air in the subway alleys was filled Tuesday morning with hordes of people asking, “Should we take this one?”

“Of course I’m aggravated,” Alex Clarke of Jackson Heights said. “I have my infant son and his stroller with me on the way to Manhattan and I wasn’t even aware of all this.”

Like Clarke, many of the commuters so early in the week were not aware of the construction and delays ahead of time.

Commuters commented that they have to travel east to the Jamaica station before going back west to Manhattan, adding at least 10 minutes to their commute.

“If I knew I was gonna be delayed I would’ve left earlier,” Andre Valasquez of Jackson Heights said with a smile. “I’ll definitely be late for work now, and it’s way too hot down here.”

Other commuters said that they did get information from NY1 or online.

Jen Pek of Jackson Heights was on her way to Manhattan, but said she would be right on time for her appointment after reading the information on the blog, “Queens Crap.”

“I get they’re doing what’s necessary, so I don’t know what all the complaints are about,” Pek said. “These are our tax dollars at work.”

A MTA employee at the Jackson Heights Broadway station ticket booth said so far this week the lines for information are longer than she’s ever seen.

“There have been lots of questions and lots and lots of lines,” she said.

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