After more than a month of around-the-clock work in one of the most storm-ravaged sections of the MTA transit system, R trains are set to resume service through the Montague Tube, which connects Brooklyn Heights with Lower Manhattan, officials announced Thursday.
Service on the R Line has operated only between 34th Street and Whitehall Street since December 3. However, with the Montague Tube once again open, R train service will begin operation between Jay St – MetroTech and Whitehall St. in time for Friday morning’s rush period.
“For the past several weeks the Lexington Avenue Line has been overburdened. Staten Islanders have been forced to find alternate routes to Midtown and subway customers from Bay Ridge have endured longer trips and transfers,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
“The return of the full length R route is an enormous achievement that will take some of the pressure off of the 65,000 commuters who use this line every day.”
R train service through the Montague Tube is just the latest step forward toward restoring the subway system to its full pre-storm profile, MTA officials said.
Meanwhile, two areas of the New York City subway system remain out of service—the A Line between Howard Beach and the Rockaways and the No.1 Line south of the Rector Street Station in Lower Manhattan. Work continues in both locations.