Another Interruption in R Train Service Between Brooklyn and Manhattan?

The Brooklyn Paper reports that four elected officials, identified as U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D–Bay Ridge), State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D–Bay Ridge), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and Councilman Justin Brannan (D–Bay Ridge), have written to Transit Authority CEO Andy Byford asking that he consider suspending service in both directions between Court Street here in Brooklyn Heights and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan in order to expedite needed repair work. As you may recall, an identical service suspension took place between October 2013 and September 2014 to repair damage to the tunnel under the East River caused by Hurricane Sandy. Whatever needs urgent repair must be in that tunnel. Presumably N trains, which follow the R route late at night between Canal Street and Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center, would follow their daytime route over the Manhattan Bridge between DeKalb Avenue and Canal, and R trains would follow that route on weekends.

The Brooklyn Paper story includes reactions from four straphangers. Three of them — one from Brooklyn Heights and two from Bay Ridge — were strongly opposed, noting that it would complicate their commutes and make them take longer. One Ridgite was in favor, saying she thinks “the line needs a quick fix” since improvements to signals will probably be at least ten years off.

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  • Jorale-man

    So if I’m understanding the Brooklyn Paper article correctly, there were problems in the tunnel from Hurricane Sandy that either weren’t resolved in 2013-14, or have crept up since? The sad part is, the R to me seems like one of the better routes into Manhattan, aside from the ferry or bike (which isn’t saying much, I realize).

  • Claude Scales

    That’s all I can conclude, too.

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    I guess it’s “too much to expect” that SOMEbody would give us an answer to “WHY NOW?” … More seriously, there’s no indication of what Plan A and Plan B (with the latter being a quicker fix with greater disruptivity) actually look like in terms of time. You KNOW people would feel one way if it was 1 year vs. 10 … and probably the opposite way if it was 1 year vs. 2 years.

    Plus, the original reporting I saw focused on those electeds complaint that South Brooklyn commuters had the widespread problem of great variability in their commute times (even to Downtown Brooklyn), because a sick passenger on a train in Manhattan or Queens brought the line to a halt. 2 very different problems, and one suspects the MTA will bow to political pressure on this occasion.

    Reminds me of the BQE thing – Bay Ridge might feel one way while Heights residents “should” be somewhere between skeptical and outraged.