Sandy Update: Service returns between Brooklyn and ManhattanBy
In what Governor Andrew Cuomo has termed an “unprecedented engineering feat,” the MTA plans to restore nearly 80 percent of subway service by the end of the day today. Currently, 4 and 5 trains are running between Brooklyn and Manhattan with the 5 making express stops in Manhattan. The 6 is running to Brooklyn Bridge as well, and the F, D, J and M trains will return to full service later today. The 7 is now operating between 42nd St./Times Square and Flushing-Main St.
Furthermore, service within Brooklyn should be restored as well. The Q train is expected back later today, and the 2 and 3 trains should be back in service by tonight or tomorrow. The Staten Island Rail Road has returned with limited hourly service as well. The MTA tells me that the Brooklyn Bus Bridge will run “just until people know subways are working again.”
By Monday morning, A train service between Lefferts Boulevard and 168th St. will resume. Additionally, the 1 will run to Rector St., and the E will be in service as well. The N will run to 59th St. in Brooklyn as the Sea Beach line remains flooded.
Not all the news was good however for subway riders as the L train, in particular, is still out of service. According to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota the tunnel was flooded “wall to wall and ceiling to ceiling,” and there is no timeline for this key train’s return. The G train is not expected back until later in the week either, andthe M is likely to be more crowded in the coming days.
The MTA has updated the recovery map (pdf) and will continue to do so as more train lines come back online.