Will The R Train Tunnel Open Early?

pss_rtrain_bw-702x526The R train tunnel connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan has been closed since August 2013 as the MTA fixes what was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve been itching for it to reopen in October, as the MTA has been promising ever since then. But now it looks like we might get the tunnel back sooner than planned!

The Brooklyn Paper spoke with an employee working on the repairs who told them, under the condition of anonymity, that the tunnel may in fact be back open weeks in advance of the current schedule.

The MTA has not confirmed the possibility, and its website still says the repairs will continue through October, but we’re hopeful this is a good sign — and at the very least, it’s good to know the project may not be going over schedule.

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  1. I stopped by to see “Ona” yesterday — there is so much open space in front of that place, there’s no way this sculpture detracts from that. It actually goes very well with the rusty patina of the center itself. However, having read about the artist’s wish that people would touch it, I was disappointed that it was completely gated off. I wonder if that was because it was Sunday and they will open it up during certain hours with or without some security involved?

  2. And just to follow up, I returned yesterday and the gates had been removed (maybe they’ll be up at night?) and you could get as up close and personal as you want. It’s a cool piece — makes you want to climb it! And I do think it goes well with the surroundings. Most people walking around didn’t seem to even notice it.

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