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MTA Announces Service Changes On 7 Line To Modernize Signals

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Straphangers that rely on the 7 Line will have to deal with some inconvenient service changes this upcoming weekend.

The MTA announced Wednesday that there will be no 7 train service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza from May 20-23. That is because the agency is working on a long-term project to modernize the line's signal system.

Service delays, caused by an aging signal system, have led to reliability issues on the line over the past few months. The MTA said the signals controlling some stretches of the line are between 50 to 90 years old and desperately in need of replacement.

"For the next several years, we will be improving and modernizing the signal system, which will cause additional diversions and service suspensions," MTA Spokesman Charles Seaton told 1010 WINS.

Seaton was alluding to similar service changes that will also affect the weekends of June 24-27 and July 29-August 1.

Customers are being encouraged to take the E, N, R or F trains for travel between Queens and Manhattan. Those traveling from Hunter's Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue station will be provided with shuttle buses to the nearest stations.

The MTA insists that despite the short-term disturbance on the line, it will all be worth it in the end.

"What this will do is it will significantly cut down on some delays that we've been experiencing and it'll certainly make the service through there more reliable," Seaton said.

For More On The Changes, Check The MTA's Website.

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