Work in the Financial District? You might want to start preparing for a painful commute, because come August the MTA is shutting down the R train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn for an estimated 12 to 14 months.
The MTA explained on their website that a complete shutdown was more favorable than (what they estimate would be) 38 months of weekend service disruptions to repair the damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy (as seen in the image above).
What’s a commuter to do? Weekdays, the Brooklyn R will end at Court Street, requiring you to transfer to the A, C or F at Jay Street/Metro Tech, the B or Q at Dekalb, or the D, N, R, 2, 3, 4 or 5 at Atlantic/Barclays Center. On weekends, the R train will operate over the Manhattan Bridge between Atlantic Avenue and Canal Street.
To add a little bit of salt to that wound, the G train will also be shut down between Brooklyn and Queens for 12 weekends beginning July 6.
More information on the planned service work, and photographs of the tube’s damage can be found on the MTA website.
Photo via MTA