If you're planning to travel along the (Q) Line this summer, you may have to make some adjustments to your plans. Just recently, the MTA announced a batch of service changes affecting many who use the south Brooklyn lines of the New York City Subway. During the weekends between July 16 and August 14, direct service to and from Manhattan via the Brighton line will be cut, while the MTA completes essential track maintenance. Shuttle trains will provide service between Prospect Park and Coney Island, and free shuttle buses will provide service between Prospect Park and the Atlantic Avenue Station.
During this time, the Southbound (Q) Train will run via the (N) Line to Coney Island, making no stops between 59 St (Brooklyn) and Coney Island, turning into a "Super Express" service. (Q) Trains will most likely (not confirmed at the moment) use Sea Beach Express Track, a track that isn't normally used in revenue service. The Northbound (Q) Train will run via the (D) Line back to Manhattan, utilizing the center track on the West End Line, yet another that isn't normally used in revenue service. At Atlantic Avenue, the (Q) will switch over to the (R) Line and back to its regular routing upon reaching Canal St.
While many normal commuters have already expressed their frustration with the service changes, others, mainly railfans, are excited about it. Many of them hope that the shuttle train running between Prospect Park and Coney Island will utilize the old Yellow (S) Route Bullet, previously used back in 1998 for the 63rd St Shuttle. Many of the older subway cars used on the Lettered Lines still have this route bullet, and many - including myself - would love to see it put back in action.