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Service changes on E and M lines in late December

There will be a 24/7 service change on the E and M lines from December 26 through December 31. Here's what you need to know.
Updated December 19, 2022 9:01 a.m.

What we're doing

From December 26 through December 31, service on the   will be rerouted through the 63 St Tunnel, which means trains run on the line between Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av and W 4 St. That also means there will be no  service at Court Sq-23 St, Lexington Av/53 St, or 5 Av-53 St, 24/7, for the duration of the week. If you would normally take the   or   trains, you’ll want to plan extra travel time, consider starting your trip on a different line, or make an extra transfer.

Why we're doing it

We're working to complete a lot of projects in the 53 St Tunnel, including: 

Ridership is significantly lower during the holiday week compared to other weekdays. This means we can fit an entire month of weekend work into a single five-day period.

Service changes

  •  trains will run via the   line between Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av and W 4th St-Wash Sq in both directions. Trains will run normally between Jamaica Center-Parsons/ Archer and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av, and between W 4 St and World Trade Ctr. 
  •  trains will not run between Delancey St-Essex St and Forest Hills-71 Av all week. Over Christmas weekend, M trains will run normally between Middle Village-Metropolitan Av and Delancey St-Essex St during the day (and only to Myrtle Av overnight). 
  • From Tuesday-Friday during the day,   trains will also make stops at Bowery, Canal St, and Chambers St on the line.  

There will be no   service at the following stations: 

  • Queens Plaza
  • Court Sq-23 St
  • Lexington Av/53 St
  • 5 Av/53 St
  • 7 Av
  • 50 St 
  • 42 St/Port Authority 
  • 34 St-Penn Station 
  • 23 St 
  • 14 St 

Travel alternatives



Queens Plaza 

(except overnights) or Queensboro Plaza 

Court Sq-23 St 


Lexington Av/53 St 


5 Av/53 St 

47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr or 57 St  

7 Av 


50 St  


42 St-Port Authority  

  , Times Sq-42 St  , 42 St-Bryant Park    

34 St-Penn Station  


23 St  


14 St  

   or  (to 6 Av )  

There will be no  service in Queens and at the following Manhattan stations: 

  • Lexington Av/53 St
  • 5 Av/53 St
  • 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Ctr
  • 42 St-Bryant Pk
  • 34 St-Herald Sq
  • 23 St
  • 14 St
  • W 4th St-Wash Sq 
  • Broadway-Lafayette St

Need help?

If you need assistance, look for MTA employees or use one of the Help Points within the station. 

Check the MTA homepage before heading out; it's where you'll find up-to-the-minute information on subway, bus, and rail service. The MYmta app also provides real-time service information.

You can also contact us in real time for help planning your trip. We’re reachable via phone, on Twitter, WhatsApp, and more. See how to contact us.