Heads up: R-train disruptions begin this Friday

Service between lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn will be suspended for 14 months, but there's a ferry to help with that.

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

The day of reckoning is almost here: Starting this Friday, service on the R train between Court St in Brooklyn and Whitehall St in Manhattan will be shut down entirely to facilitate Sandy-related repairs on the line. (And if that wasn't bad enough, there is a whole host of weekend and weekday disruptions to go along with it—the MTA has the full details.)


Naturally, people aren't too pleased by the outage, and some city officials—including Christine Quinn, along with other members of the City Council—had called for opening up additional transit options, such as ferry service to and from Brooklyn Army Terminal, in South Brooklyn.


Initially, that proposal was shot down, but today, Mayor Bloomberg announced that service on the Rockaway ferry—which launched in November to help commuters stranded due to Sandy's aftereffects—will expand, with a new stop opening at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. (So the ferry stops are: Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways; 58th Street near the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; and two Manhattan stops: Pier 11 and East 34th Street.) A one-way trip costs $2; service begins next Monday, August 5, and will run through Labor Day.


So that's good news, sort of, for residents of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. We're not totally sure if it makes more sense than simply transferring from an R train to an express train closer to Manhattan (the R will still stop at Atlantic Ave–Barclays Ctr), but hey, ferry rides are pretty nice.



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