With three of the seven East River tunnels cleared of water, the New York City subway system will begin running limited service tomorrow on 14 of the system’s 23 lines, and limited Metro-North and LIRR service will start today at 2 p.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. There will be no subway service south of either 34th on the West Side or 42nd St. on the East Side in Manhattan as there is no power south of Midtown, and the MTA will supplement subway service with a bus bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan as crews continue to pump out the East River subway tubes. Full service is expected to be restored slowly, and the Mayor said this afternoon that is unlikely service will be restored under the East River before the weekend.
As of now, the MTA plans to run trains every ten minutes on a limited basis, and the key phrase here seems to be “limited service” as MTA officials are urging straphangers to plan on adding an additional hour to their commute times. Here’s how service will look:
- 1 trains will operate between 242nd St. and Times Square.
- 2 trains will operate between 241st St. and Times Square, making express stops south of 96th St.
- 3 train service is suspended.
- 4 trains will make all local stops between Woodlawn and Grand Central and between Borough Hall & New Lots Avenue.
- 5 trains will run express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.
- 6 trains will run local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central.
- 7 train service is suspended.
- The 42nd St. Shuttle will run between Times Square and Grand Central.
- A trains will run local between 168th Street and Penn Station and between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts.
- B and C train service is suspended.
- D trains will run local between 205th Street and 34th Street and between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Parkway.
- E train service is suspended.
- F trains will run local between 179th Street and 34th Street and between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X.
- G train service is suspended.
- J trains will run local between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street.
- L trains will run local between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway.
- M trains will run local between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.
- N trains will run local between Ditmars Boulevard and 34th Street.
- Q train service is suspended.
- R train runs local between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street.
- Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.
“There will be more [service] on Friday and even more on Saturday,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said at a press conference this afternoon. Details for additional service will be released as the situation underground becomes clear.
According to the Governor’s Office, the MTA will also deploy a bus bridge consisting of 330 vehicles from the Barclays Center, MetroTech and Hewes St. to 57th St. and Lexington Ave. via dedicated lanes on 3rd and Lexington Avenues. Earlier today, MTA officials say the Joralemon St. Tunnel (4/5), the Rutgers St. Tunnel (F) and the Clark St. Tunnel (2/3) have been pumped. Crews still need to inspect these tubes for damage before restoring service, and water remains in the Montague St. Tunnel (R), the Cranberry St. Tunnel (A/C), the 14th St. Tunnel (L) and the Steinway Tubes (7).