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MTA completes E Line track replacement project

Shown: MTA contracted crews performing track replacement work on the E Line.
Photo – MTA Flickr/Marc Hermann


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Nov. 30 will complete a project to replace and install 6,300 feet of track and 9,800 feet of third rail on New York City Transit's E Line in Queens.

The project will wrap up weeks ahead of schedule, MTA officials said in a press release.

The existing track at the end of the E Line had reached the end of its useful life and required complete replacement. Since 2016, 46 incidents have occurred due to old track conditions between the Jamaica-Van Wyck and Jamaica Center stations resulting in 713 delayed trains.

The track replacement will lead to improved reliability and better service throughout the line in Queens and Manhattan, MTA officials said . 

By taking advantage of low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic, MTA crews will be able to complete the project ahead of the original mid-December deadline.

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