New York City Transit expects to restore R train service between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan this Friday, Carmen Bianco, Senior Vice President of the Department of Subways, said this morning at the MTA Board’s committee hearings. R train service has been suspended between the two boroughs since Hurricane Sandy came ashore, and the Montague St. Tunnel had sustained some of the heaviest damage due to flooding. The news is welcome for interborough commuters who have found the 2/3 and 4/5 lines more crowded than usual with the R out of service.
With this announcement, only the A train’s Rockaway service and the 1 train’s South Ferry terminal remain offline. Bianco today said that he expects regular service to the Rockaways to be restored before South Ferry is operational again. It’s unclear though how long either area will be without regular service as South Ferry sustained heavy damage and no full station assessment has been conducted. Transit officials say they are unclear as to what extent they will restore South Ferry, but it’s possible that some station components will be improved from their pre-Sandy condition.