NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is continuing to bring back subway service more than a week after Superstorm Sandy crippled the system.
Limited service began running on the G train from Church Avenue in Brooklyn to Court Square in Queens on Wednesday morning.
“We are working day and night to restore service as quickly as possible to give customers more travel options after the storm each day,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota. “We will continue to add service incrementally, only when it is absolutely safe to do so and doesn’t overcharge the system.”
Crews had been working around the clock to pump water from the Greenpoint tube under Newton Creek which flooded during the storm.
The MTA said it is continuing to repair severe damage to its signaling and communications system in the tube.
As a result, G trains will be running at no more than 10 mph through the tube. Trains will operate with eight cars instead of four and will run every 12 minutes instead of every 8 minutes.
The MTA is telling its customers to expect delays and possible crowding.
The G train service will provide an alternate route to L train customers.
The MTA said the L train’s 14th Street tube was one of the eight subway tunnels flooded during the storm. It is now dry and being assessed for damage.