MTA to shut down R train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 14 months starting Friday night

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Brooklyn (PIX11)- The R train will shut down Friday night at 11:30pm for 14 months, according to the MTA that has posted flyers for subway riders at multiple train stations.

It is a move that will affect nearly 65,000 people who depend on the R train on a daily basis.

They can thank damage from Super Storm Sandy for the inconvenience.

The MTA says the Brooklyn-Manhattan tunnel needs to be completely overhauled because of damage caused by the storm.

They say water corroded much of the track, signals and power cables when the equipment was all submerged in storm water for the first 10 days after Sandy.

Keep in mind the shutdown only applies to the connector between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The R train will run regularly in Brooklyn from Court Street to Bay Ridge and also in Manhattan/Queens from Whitehall Street to Forest Hills.

“It is unfair. With how much money we pay, why do I have to find another train? How am I going to get to work? They should have fixed this after Sandy,”  Joe Bentuna, a frustrated subway rider said.

The MTA says your alternate options are to take the 2,3 or 4,5 trains back and forth. You can also Take the A/C trains between the two boroughs.

For more information, like weekend schedules, click here.

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