This week begins another series of consecutive overnight shutdown of entire sections of subway corridors in Manhattan so a slew of workers can work on several stations at once without having to worry about bypassing trains. This shutdown is known as Fastrack. Although a new concept in Manhattan, Brooklynites have experienced this many times before.
In the past, entire sections of the Brighton (Q) Line in Brooklyn have been
shut down for the weekend due to various construction reasons. That's 48
consecutive hours compared to Fastrack's 7 hours 4 nights straight.
During Fastrack, there is parallel train service to replace the train lines out
of service. We don't get this type of luxury when the Q shuts down
between Coney Island and Prospect Park. We get the good ol' shuttle
The MTA may spin it as a new way of doing construction and rehabilitations, but
we regular Q train riders can say "Been there, done that."