Recently, the MTA announced the reconstruction of tracks and maintenance along both the IND Concourse Line in the Bronx, served by the (B) and (D) Lines, and the BMT Archer Avenue Line in Queens, served by the (J) and (Z) Lines.
The work on the Concourse Line will be ongoing throughout 2022 and 2023 during both weekends and weeknights. The MTA will reconstruct the steel beams within the tunnels, along with tracks and switches. With the line being nearly 90 years old currently, it’s understandable why extensive maintenance is required. During the times where work is being done - nights and weekends - (D) service will be suspended in the Bronx, with (D) Peak Direction Express service being entirely suspended until the work is complete. Riders are advised to use the nearby (4) Line as an alternative to (D) service. During these suspensions, the MTA won’t only just be performing maintenance on the track infrastructure but also on the stations, which are showing their age.
Archer Avenue Line
The work on the Archer Avenue Line will see (J) and (Z) service to Jamaica Center suspended until September. During this suspension, the MTA will replace the aging concrete and tracks on the line. The Agency says that LIRR will be Cross-Honoring Metrocards and Free Shuttle Buses will be provided between 121st St and Jamaica Van Wyck, where you can transfer to the (E) Train to continue your trip to Jamaica Center. Why don’t the buses run to Jamaica Center? Well, we don’t even know. All we can say is that the (Z) has been suspended in its entirety, something the Transit Authority should have done many years ago. The MTA claims that service frequency will stay the same despite the removal of Skip-Stop service, and riders will see minimal to no change in service.