Don’t Do It! Communities slam R-Train tunnel closing
While recognizing the necessity for repairs, community leaders from Bay Ridge to Gowanus on Wednesday were dismayed about news that the Montague Street Tunnel, which carries the R train from Brooklyn Heights to Lower Manhattan, will be closed for up to 14 months starting this August.
Some called for supplemental buses to ease the impact of closing this important portion of the line.
“Closing these two subway tubes [the other being the northern end of the G train] is a difficult but necessary step to restore them to the condition they were in before Sandy struck,” said MTA Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer. “The temporary repairs that returned these tubes to operation after Sandy are not enough to provide reliable service. This is unfortunately the reality of recovery from Sandy.”