Sandy Updates: Sea Beach & service on the Rockaways to returnBy
Today’s subway service additions are brought to you by the letters A and N, and it’s mostly good news. Even as the city readies ferry service for the Rockaways, the MTA is gearing up to re-introduce transit service to the beleaguered peninsula this weekend. It’s going to require some transferring, some patience and perhaps even some swimmies.
Beginning on Sunday, the MTA will resume A train service to Howard Beach and then send a shuttle bus to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. The shuttle will run until the North Channel Bridge and subway infrastructure through Broad Channel are rebuilt. MTA and state officials called the damage to the line “absolutely unprecedented” and say it will “take months” to restore full service.
Still, the Governor wanted to stress some transit service for the area. “The people of the Rockaway Peninsula were especially hard-hit by this storm, and restoring transportation service to them and to Howard Beach is a priority for my administration,” Governor Cuomo said. “This combination of subway and bus service will provide them with immediate transit relief while the entire system is rebuilt.”
Meanwhile, a short time ago, Transit started running N trains along the Sea Beach line in Brooklyn again. This section of track from 59th St. to Coney Island suffered severe flooding and damage due to the storm surge. According to the Governor, the MTA had to “replace and inspect 10 train stop mechanisms, 20 relays and other vital train detection equipment.” The N is now running its full route from Astoria to Coney Island.
Cuomo’s office also provided a brief update on the remaining service outages: The R train’s Montague St. tunnel is dry, and crews are working to assess and repair the damage. Crews are working to get the 1 down to Rector St., another station that suffered water damage from the flood, and are also working on J/Z service south of Chambers St. There is no timeline for the resumption of any of these remaining services.
And consider this your Friday service advisory post. There are no other weekend diversions or changes as the MTA has its resources focused on restoring full subway service in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.