Thursday, December 10, 2020

Rutgers Street Tunnel Rehabilitation To Enter The Final Phases Of Completion

 By N Miller

NEW YORK, NY – If you are a daily (F) train rider during mid-to-late evenings, overnight (until 1 am of course), and weekends, then your ride will get a lot easier come this spring. The TA has announced that the Rutgers Street Tube Recovery Work will conclude in April 2021. The work is being accordingly in the same fashion as the Canarsie (L) Train tubes. This will not only be the last of the agency’s tunnel rehabilitation, but also the fastest as riders will now be able to have fewer service interruptions on weekends and overnight, excluding the 1 to 5 a.m. subway closures.

This project has started back in August and riders are making the best of this detour as it is the final tube damaged by Superstorm Sandy back in 2012 to be completed. Hauling New Yorkers between the East Broadway station in Manhattan and the York Street station in Brooklyn, the MTA employed techniques adopted to redeem the Canarsie Tunnel on the L line with fiber-reinforced polymers devised by Cornell University.

MTA Construction & Development President Janno Lieber said this in a statement:

“We are making strong progress on the Rutgers tunnel using strategies similar to those we pioneered on the (L) Project: use state-of-the art technology and work smarter and faster so that the project costs less and impacts fewer customers. We also see from our experience with Superstorm Sandy recovery, where funds from Washington were a big part of the response to that national emergency, the positive impact when the federal government steps up during a crisis to assist mass transit agencies.”

The agency is now looking down the barrel of a $16 billion deficit in 2024 and $2.9 billion in potential loans to pay back to the federal government, the agency has been requesting $12 billion to fund their operations until better days. Better days, being a time when New Yorkers begin returning to the subways at pre-pandemic levels and the MTA again has cashflow from fares. But since April, the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has given public transit the cold shoulder. Hopefully, both sides of Congress can come to an agreement. Public transit is not a blue or red issue; it is a jobs issue. Service changes involving both the (E) & (F) trains can be found here.

The weeknight schedule for closures between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be as follows to commence in January of 2021:

January 4-7, 2021

January 11-14, 2021

January 18-21, 2021

January 25-28, 2021

February 1-4, 2021

February 8-11, 2021

February 15-18, 2021

February 22-25, 2021

March 8-11, 2021

March 15-18, 2021

March 22-25, 2021

In other news, the TA has determined full overnight service won't be restored until the summer of next year. The Greenpoint Avenue (G) Train station in Brooklyn is now ADA assessible. Oh, cellular service throughout the Rutgers St tunnel and improved accessibility improvements compliant with the Americans with Disability Act at the East Broadway station. Lastly, the MTA of NY, along with other transportation agencies across the nation has rallied for a huge, significant relief from Washington D.C. You can read the full transcript here

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