R Train Progress?

On Saturday afternoon a row of MTA vans, with “Cable” on their doors, was parked by the entrance to the Court Street subway station on Montague Street between Clinton and Henry Streets. We understand that the signal cables on the R line, which serves Court Street, were badly damaged by the Hurricane Sandy flooding.

Addendum: R train service to and from Brooklyn is now expected to be delayed until after the New Year according to the MTA and NY1. Thanks to…well, uh…Himself for the link (see comments below). This contradicts what the Daily News, and we, reported last week. According to the NY1 article linked above, electrical issues are the reason; hence, no doubt, the “Cable” vans.

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  • Eddie

    Is that the extent of this report?
    Any reason why the MTA is not honouring the unused time commuters had on their unlimited cards during the hurricane AND when the trains and buses were inoperable or do I have to present the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to someone before I get a satisfactory answer?

  • James

    Perhaps you should ask someone in Kansas. Or are you one of those people who thinks that this blog is the place to go for such “official” information?

  • Sal Manilla

    MTA sure is taking their time with the R.

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  • Mr. Crusty

    @eddie you already got your answer, you many not like it but the MTA will not be offering refunds as a result of Sandy.

    “The agency said on Monday that it would not provide refunds to riders who purchased 30- or 7-day unlimited MetroCards before Hurricane Sandy.

    An official with the authority, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the decision, said processing refunds would have been a logistical nightmare. The authority declined to explain the decision further.

    Last year, after Tropical Storm Irene led the authority to shut down the subways, the cards were not extended, and no refunds were offered. But after the 2005 transit strike, riders were compensated with a three-day extension of unlimited cards.

    Asked if there was a reason that extending the passes now would be more difficult than it was in 2005, a spokesman for the authority said he did not know.

    Gene Russianoff, the staff lawyer for the Straphangers Campaign, a rider advocacy group, said he was “not shocked” by the authority’s decision, which was made late Friday.

    “There’s no way to really calculate the number of trips not taken by the riders,” he said. “At least this time they offered free fares on the Thursday and Friday after the hurricane. I thought that was a good gesture to the riding public.”


  • Gr8work

    Thank you mta for working on the problem with the r train. After such a terrible storm we appreciate your hard work putting the system back together. I have many options to get to work every week and you did it quickly. I feel lucky to live here.

  • Jim

    i was most impressed that the MTA got the system back up and running as quickly as they did, given the extensive damage. good job !!!

  • Mr. Crusty

    Agreed, it’s always easy to criticize. I think they did a phenomenal job getting the system back in operation.

  • Marathoner

    I’m sure there’s a lot of damage down there to repair, but I hope those trucks won’t be idling their diesel engines for the duration.

    The fumes stink up the whole block with toxic exhaust gas. They should really do something about that. There have been three heavy trucks there for days that seem to sit with engines idling.

    That’s definitely not good for restaurants on the block or the children at the nearby schools

  • Willowtowncop

    The subways and buses were free for a couple of days after the storm, which seems like an easy and fair solution to me.

  • Lisa

    We have many other train options in this neighborhood. I hope the MTA focuses their resources on places where the only train line in the area is down.

    I’m sure its annoying if you want to use the R, but is one extra transfer really that big a deal, when you consider what others are going through ?