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Will The N Train Run Anytime Soon?

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We have gotten several emails inquiring about the state of the N line. After the Sea Beach line suffered extensive flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the train has not been operational.

Other MTA lines have also been inactive, like the L train and G train, but progress in getting them back on track seems to be moving along. Yet, no word was heard about the line that services most Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge riders.

We reached out to Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesperson, who told us that because of the flooding, most of the N lines operational services were damaged. This includes the tracks, signals and switches.

He also mentioned that they have crews there trying to get it to be operational as soon as possible.

While this is not much of a report for those stuck without a train nearby, we will continue to pester the MTA for updates.

Tell us, how have you been getting to work, school or otherwise without the N?

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  1. It does seem odd that it is currently stopping at 59th, as there was no flooding at 59th and the N runs above ground until near the end of the line at 86th. That’s a pretty big expanse of elevated track that’s for some reason still out of service.

    The very end of the line may have flooded, along with infrastructure on that end of the line, but why is that taking down such a long stretch of track? The F and D lines are both running on at least most of their lengths..

  2. There are only two places along the Sea Beach where trains can be turned over from the south bound track to the north bound track. They are: between 59th St and 8th Ave, and between Kings Highway and Ave U. Since Ave U is flooded, trains can only terminate at 59th St.

    But I got frustrated that the MTA keeps neglecting the Sea Beach Line.
    It needs to be fixed right now not in 2014. It was supposed to get rehab long times ago. And it is also always the last subway line to get service restoration (recall the blizzard in 2010 and Irene in 2011)…

    Ridership on the Sea Beach line is not low…It is actually higher than the West End (D) according to the MTA official ridership statistics of 2011…

  3. I’d like to know when the N trains are running again soon. Living in Bensonhurst without the N train has given me a lot of trouble. The only other train available to me are the D line but that’s a lot further away than my closest N station. Normally, I wouldn’t mind the extra walk but with the cold weather that we’ve been experiencing the last few days, it’s become a nuisance.

  4. My commute to Manhattan has been awful. I have to take the B16, which shows up when it wants to show up, to the R at 86th. Then transfer to the N at 59th. THEN take a bus once i get into the city. Additionally, it’s costing me an extra $5 a day because you’re only permitted TWO transfers with the Metrocard. After a week, I can’t take one more day of having a three hour commute each way.

  5. It was flooded during Sandy. That means the signaling system could be damaged. So trains cannot terminate at Kings Highway since they cannot turn over at the switch before Ave U. I know Ave U was dry soon after the storm. I should have used “was” in my previous post…
    Anyway, I think the N won’t be back for another week.

  6. N train not running past 59th st in brooklyn is insane! It is not helping commuters. D and N train are not close each other. F and D are running straight through their line. The buses are overcrowded and does not arrive on time. Why is that the N line always the last to be restored?!

  7. The Sea Beach Line is almost entirely in an open cut…the Brighton Line is in an open cut as well, but it ends well before the water. After the relay before the 8 Avenue station, there is no other place to turn trains before Kings Highway. I’m not sure what the problem is, but there is probably extensive damage to the signal system and debris on the tracks – not unlike the Rockaways situation.

    In the meantime, the MTA should hold off on retiring some older buses and instead add B4 and B9 service.

  8. Actually, I am not sure that is correct. Does anyone have personal confirmation that the Avenue U station actually flooded?

    The station is in Zone C (http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/he/map.htm?lon=-73.9737&lat=40.59635), well inland from the area that flooded. It is below ground level, however, which might make the difference. However, I walked right by that area the next day and could detect no damage there at all. (Farther up, on Shell Rd, the damage was obvious.)

    If anything, I would expect that the issue would more likely come from the switches needed for the turnover are powered from farther down the line; there’s a large MTA facility in the flood zone past Ave U.


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