NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A subway tunnel connecting Brooklyn and lower Manhattan that was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy is set to be reopened.
The New York Times reports N and R trains will run through the Montague Tunnel beginning Monday.
Workers had been repairing damage in the tunnel caused by the October 2012 storm. It was scheduled to open next month.
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman declined to comment to The Times about the repair work.
But the newspaper says the trip planning function on the MTA’s website shows a four minute trip between the two boroughs beginning late Sunday night.
Without using the tunnel, that trip takes about 22 minutes and requires a transfer.
The tunnel not only needed new signals, tracks and other infrastructure, but also other barriers to prevent future flooding, Sen. David Schumer said in October 2013.
“It will be a much better, stronger tunnel than the old tunnel. It’ll be much more flood-proof – there’ll be barriers to entry so the water can’t come in; if, you know, a flood’s coming, they will block up the entrances,” he said. “And second, the signals, which are going to be modernized – and they’re quite old – will be built higher up so even if the water floods, they don’t get short-circuited by the saltwater.”
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