Crews Had To Rebuild 1,500 Feet Of Washed-Out Tracks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Subway service on the A line to the Rockaways will resume on May 30, more than seven months since Superstorm Sandy slammed the region.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Thursday. He said the MTA has worked since the storm to rebuild 1,500 feet of washed-out tracks, replace miles of signal, power and communications wires and rehabilitate two stations that were completely flooded.

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“Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire MTA network like no other storm, but the MTA did a remarkable job of restoring service following the storm and at the end of this month, the A line in the Rockaways will be up and running,” he said in a statement.

Cuomo said crews also installed a corrugated marine steel sheet wall along Jamaica Bay to protect the track against future washouts and ensure the line is ready to handle future coastal storms.

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“The good news today is the Rockaways are back,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast. “The other good news is we’re working diligently to make more permanent repairs and we’re not going to stop there, we’re going to go further to see what we can do to harden the system using even better and more efficient technologies.”

The MTA is continuing to repair damage from Sandy and is looking at ways to flood-proof and fortify the subway system against future storms.

Prendergast said the agency is considering installing fiberglass covers to seal off subway station entrances and sidewalk grates to battle floods.

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