G- and R-train tunnels to close for repairs this summer

The MTA will stop service on the G at intervals—and on the R between Manhattan and Brooklyn entirely—to facilitate repairs.

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  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Montague tube between Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Montague tube between Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Montague tube between Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Greenpoint tube underneath Newtown Creek

  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Greenpoint tube underneath Newtown Creek

  • Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

    Damage to the Greenpoint tube underneath Newtown Creek

Photograph: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

Damage to the Montague tube between Manhattan and Brooklyn

The aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy continue to be felt throughout New York City: Earlier today, the MTA announced service disruption on the G and R trains—including the total closure of the Montague tube, which carries R trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan—as a result of the superstorm.


Both the Montague and Greenpoint tunnels were flooded during the storm, and the G and the R were two of the last trains to come back once the subway system was running again. But the fixes immediately made post-Sandy were only temporary; according to the MTA, the leftover damage has led to "increased failures of components [and] a growing number of delayed trains," which comes as a shock to literally no one who rides the G or the R with any regularity.


So what does this mean for commuters? A lot of things—none of them good! Service disruptions on the G begin July 6: The Greenpoint Ave, 21st St and Long Island City–Court Sq stations will be closed entirely for 12 weekends, with shuttle buses providing service to and from those stops. That closure will affect more than 50,000 weekend commuters, although G trains will still run between Church Ave and Nassau Ave.


The disruptions for R-train riders are far greater. Service through the Montague tube will be suspended entirely between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 14 months, with R trains running in two sections: between Forest Hills–71st Ave in Queens and Whitehall St–South Ferry, and between Court St and Bay Ridge–95th St in Brooklyn. On weekends, the R will go over the Manhattan Bridge, but will bypass City Hall, Rector St, Cortlandt St, Whitehall St–South Ferry, Court St and Jay St–MetroTech.


So. That stinks, huh? But according to the MTA, such extreme measures are necessary; if they only allowed work on the R during nights and weekends, it would apparently take up to three years to complete. Yeesh. Fingers crossed for a speedier recovery for these two subway lines.



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