Repairs to Sandy-Damaged F Train Tunnel Coming Next Month
Surprising no one, more hiccups in store for the F Train.
According to the MTA, the Rutgers Street Tunnel – the last of the tunnels running under the East River affected by Hurricane Sandy eight years ago – will begin rehab next month.
Prep work starts in August, with most of the heavy lifting getting underway in September. Punch list items include track replacement, signal equipment, cabling, tunnel lights and pumps. The MTA is also installing a backup generator connected to the pumps, to alleviate any future flooding.
Subway stations impacted by this work include East Broadway and York Street. They’ll be closed on “select weekday evenings after 10 p.m., as well as select weekends, where work is underway,” per the MTA. During those times, the trains will be rerouted to the A/C line, between Borough Hall and West 4th Street.
“The project will use lessons learned from the L-train project that will allow the work to be done during overnight hours and on weekends, averting the need to fully close the tube,” the MTA announced.
We shall see.