F train shuttles — they’re baaa-aaack!

Here's another reason to hate the F train shuttle buses: Pickpockets work them like seasoned pros.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

Just in case you weren’t frustrated enough with last year’s F train service, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is scheduling another round of weekend service cuts for 2010.

Shuttle buses will replace weekend train service between Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn and Church Avenue in Kensington starting on the weekend of Feb. 20 and continuing for an unspecified number weekends over the next 11 months.

As last year, the service outage is due to the ongoing rehabilitation of the elevated portion of the line between Fourth Avenue and Carroll Street. The work last year knocked out the F train for about a half-dozen weekends — sometimes when the MTA had said service would be normal.

But this year, the MTA hopes to make traveling a little less stressful by announcing in advance the dates of the service cuts — which shut down trains between 12:01 am on Saturdays and 5 am on Mondays during the affected weekends.

But for now, the agency has only confirmed outages on the first two weekends, Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-March 1 — though numerous blogs and Web sites are reporting that service will be affected on at least five other weekends through December.

And even the confirmed dates are subject to change due to snowfall or emergencies.

The Culver Viaduct rehab construction project is supposed to last for three to four years more, according to James Anyansi, a spokesman for New York City Transit, an MTA subsidiary.

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