As ‘R’ train reopens, MTA looks to next big projects

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- It's back.

Riders, transit workers, MTA staff, construction crews and the Governor of New York have marked the reunion of the 'R' train between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

It was closed for 13 months to be repaired and reinforced after Superstorm Sandy. The Montague Tunnel 'R' project was scheduled to be done in October 2014.

The MTA and Governor's office on Sunday announced the early completion of the $250 million Montague Tunnel project. They say it also was $60 million under budget.

Work on the Greenpoint Tunnel that connects the 'G' train between Brooklyn and Queens was completed earlier in September.

Nine tunnels are used to carry subways under the river.

Work is planned on those tubes beginning with the Cranberry Tunnel which serves the A/C between Brooklyn and Manhattan and the Rutgers Tunnel for the 'F' train.

The Clark Street (2/3 trains), Canarsie ('L' train), and Joralemon Tunnels (4/5) will also be worked on.

Those projects may be scheduled on the weekends. Although final details are still being worked on.

Federal funds are covering many of the projects.

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