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Fix&Fortify Sandy Recovery Work Planned Service Changes
4 subway Weekend Work
in the Joralemon Tube
No 4 subway trains between Manhattan and Brooklyn

N subway R subway 2 subway 3 subway trains provide alternate service

The 108-year-old Joralemon Tube, which carries 4 subway and 5 subway trains under the East River between Bowling Green in Manhattan and Borough Hall in Brooklyn, was heavily damaged as a result of the storm surge that inundated Lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.  The flooding caused significant damage to duct banks, pumping equipment and electrical components inside the 1.6-mile-long tube.

Temporary repair work enabled the safe return of service to the tube’s 195,000 daily riders six days after the storm.  However, an exhaustive examination of systems and components determined that the facility was in need of significant permanent repair, upgrade, and fortification against future storms.  This vital project is part of an overall multi-year effort to fix and fortify MTA assets damaged during Sandy. This rehabilitation work on the Joralemon Tube will continue through 2016 with the goal of completion by April 2017.

2016 Joralemon Tube $75.4 million Sandy Recovery Work includes:

  • Power, communications, and fiber optic cable replacement and upgrade
  • Installation of emergency alarms, emergency telephone systems, and fire extinguishers
  • Replace all tunnel lighting fixtures from Bowling Green Station to Borough Hall
  • Tunnel lining repairs
  • Installation of flood doors and panels
  • Substation, tunnel lighting room, and equipment upgrades
  • Pump room hardening and improvements

Joralemon  Tube

11:45 PM Friday
to 5 AM Monday
2016 Dates




Wheelchair accessible
These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. Please call 511 for help with planning your trip. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay.
Stay Informed

While not expected, dates are subject to change.
  • To learn more about these and other weekend changes, visit The Weekender and use TripPlanner+, view planned service change information, and to sign-up for free e-mail and text alerts.

  • Look for posters and brochures at affected stations.

  • Deaf/hard of hearing customers: use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 service relay to reach 511. If you cannot be connected for any reason, you can ask the representative to connect you to 511 via the following phone number: 877-690-5116.
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