Heads Up, Straphangers: Clark Street Tunnel To Close On Weekends

The MTA has announced that in order to make Sandy-related repairs on the 2/3 line, service to the neighborhood will be suspended on weekends beginning this spring, through 2018. The MTA expects the work to take 56 weekends.

“The Clark St project is the next phase in what is the most extensive reconstruction and fortification effort in the history of the New York City subway system,” said NYC Transit President Ronnie Hakim in a statement on the MTA site.  “This effort is well underway and we continue to face the challenge of performing these vital tasks as quickly and effectively as possible while minimizing the impact on our customers’ commutes.  We also aim to minimize the duration of the project and avoid customer confusion by providing the same service every weekend, when possible, throughout the entire project.”

During the repairs, there will be no 23 subway service available at the Park Place, Fulton St, Wall St, Clark St, Borough Hall, and Hoyt St stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn on weekends.  2 trains will terminate at South Ferry, with 3 ending at 14th Street.

On weekends, 4 service will be extended from Crown Heights-Utica Ave. to New Lots Av. to replace the 3 and 5 service will be extended from Bowling Green to Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College to replace the 2.  Both the 4 and 5 will operate as local service south of Nevins St.

The weekend service plan will also include a free out-of-system transfer between the Bowling Green 45 station and the 12r and n (late nights only) at the Whitehall St.-South Ferry station complex to facilitate travel between Brooklyn and the 7 Av and Broadway lines in Manhattan.

For more details on re-routing and plans for the repairs, read the full MTA release.




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  • PatrickG

    I hope the work on the A/C cranberry tube is wrapped up by then…

  • Andrew Porter

    Dream on!

    I’ve sent the link to this out to numerous people throughout the Heights. Sharing the disruption, as it were.

  • Heights Observer

    Is there anyway to find this out before the work begins?

  • WSW

    This is an example of the, well, garbage government we have….

    A few sandbags at the entrances at the battery and lower Manhattan entries would have prevented ALL of this…but not in New York, not in nut house on the Hudson….

  • CHatter

    The expanded (and lower cost) city-wide ferry service is supposed to come on line this summer, which might alleviate some of the headache. Our hood is spoiled for subway lines, so it’s hard to complain.

  • Reggie

    He’s ba-aaa-ack!

  • Heights Observer

    I don’t think what WSW says is the case as I remember very well the city doing and what a difficult time it was. They did exactly that – put up piles of sandbags at the Battery Tunnel entrance and the Whitehall Street and South Ferry subway entrances. Believe me, it would have taken a LOT more than some sandbags. Were you here? Did you not see what the authorities were doing? Do you realize how extremely difficult it is to hold back the sea in a hurricane with gale force winds. Millions and millions of gallons of seawater rapidly filled the tunnels and you think some sangdbags were going to stop it?

    I guess you were not here or paying attention to what was going on. But, I suppose it’s easier being an armchair general and to criticize first responders with your 20/20 hindsight years after the event. Pathetic!

  • Robert Perris

    New York City Transit writes, “[The] Cranberry [tube] is expected to be finished by April 2017- will be finished before Clark starts. Very good question.” Indeed!

  • The great and wise WSW

    First of all, my office was in the Wall St area very near to the Battery. I was there even through the power being cut we used batteries for light and computers and I DID see frame by frame what happened. The sandbags were put in AFTER many thousands or more gallons flooded into the system. This city has NO flood plan!!! And they were strongly warned repeatedly by top engineers. At one major conference I attended waterproof doors were directly urged for lower Manhattan subway entrances.
    All suggestions were ignored.
    So, the term garbage government applies, unless someone is somehow an admirer of General Bloomberg

  • the great WSW…..

    And our first responders were greatly undermined by the “quality” of the management they had to operate under. Which is what’s really Pathetic.

    But don’t worry this kind of nonsense is NOT going to happen under Trump…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Ha, you think Teeny Weeny is gonna make anything great again, laughable….

  • StudioBrooklyn

    That campaign slogan begged some questions, I thought, that were never answered. Asking WSW, and anyone else who knows, honestly and without irony:

    1. When, specifically (like, what span of years), was America great? From when to when?
    2. What characteristics distinguished the “great” period from the “not great” period?
    3. Will Trump’s ushering in a new “great” period be brought about by reinstating the distinguishing characteristics of the previous “great” period, or by creating new characteristics that will distinguish the new “great” period both from the previous “not great” period and the “great” period that preceded it?

  • Reggie

    From FEMA’s High Water Mark Initiative via the Waterfront Alliance:
    “A few sandbags….” ROTFLMMAO (as the kids used to say).

  • Banet

    What does Bloomberg have to do with it? The subway is run by the MTA, a STATE agency.

    So your beef is with the governor, not the mayor.