We write a lot about the subway’s shortcomings, and with good reason. The system is a delayed, problem-ridden mess. But from time to time, straphangers are met with good news. This weekend offers one of those rare moments.
After a yearlong shutdown, 2 and 3 trains will once again operate between Manhattan and Brooklyn on the weekends. Service on the stretch will resume on Sunday, June 24—just in time for the Pride March.
The closure went into effect in June of last year, shutting the Clark Street Tunnel that the lines operated on between the boroughs from 11:45pm on Fridays through 5am on Mondays. The shutdown allowed for crews to repair the 99-year-old structure, which was damaged by flooding in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. On weekends over the past year, 2 trains operated on the 1 track south of Chambers Street and 3 train service ended at 14th Street. Service on 4 and 5 trains was extended to New Lots and Flatbush Avenues, respectively, which helped mitigate the effects of the shutdown.
The work is being done in advance of the 15-month-long L train shutdown, which will close off the Canarsie Tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn. That tunnel was also severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy (it turns out that salt water and outdated electrical components don't mix well).