MTA subway 42nd Street Shuttle

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MTA To Overhaul 42nd Street Shuttle Linking Times Square, Grand Central

August 02, 2019 - 7:20 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Some big changes are on the way for the subway's shortest line.

The 42nd Street shuttle ride take less than two minutes, but the train between Times Square and Grand Central Station is one of the subway system’s most vital links and is used by around 100,000 people every weekday, the MTA says.

But the shuttle isn’t the most passenger-friendly part of the system. Among the issues: big gaps between the train and platform; large columns in the way of rushing straphangers; and trains always boarding on different platforms.

The MTA says the time has come to make some changes. Starting next year, the agency says it’s overhauling the route, straightening the tracks and making a single platform on the Times Square side.

The station will be accessible to the disabled and the MTA will be able to run longer trains as a result.

The MTA says the shuttle train will run during construction but on a reduced scheduled. The 7 train is an alternative.

The work should be done sometime in 2022.