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R Line Subway Service Between Manhattan And Brooklyn Returning On Friday

FILE - Passengers wait on a subway platform in NYC. (credit: CBS 2)

FILE – Passengers wait on a subway platform in NYC. (credit: CBS 2)

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Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — R subway service between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn is expected to return on Friday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The service would come two months after Superstorm Sandy flooded a tunnel that runs under the East River and connects Brooklyn Heights and the Financial District.

Two other sections, damaged in the storm, are still inoperable.

According to the Wall Street Journal, officials said the A line between Howard Beach and the Rockaway Peninsula will remain out of service until spring.

The South Ferry station which was heavily flooded during the storm needs major work and may not reopen for at least a year.

“South Ferry was destroyed. It wasn’t hurt. It wasn’t wrecked. It was destroyed – from top to bottom,” MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said last month.

Restoration of the South Ferry station is expected to cost $600 million.

Sandy flooded subway stations and destroyed above-ground tracks on the subway and regional railroads, causing more than $5 billion in damage.

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