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Fix&Fortify Sandy Recovery Work Planned Service Changes
E subway Weekend Work in the 53 St Tubes
E subway trains are rerouted via the F subway in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W 4 St

7 subwayA subwayC subway trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service

The 83-year-old 53 St tubes, which carry E subway and M subway (weekday only) trains under the East River between Lexington Av-53 St in Manhattan and Court Sq-23 St in Queens, were heavily damaged as a result of the waters that surged into the system during the unprecedented 2012 Superstorm Sandy weather event. More than 500,000 gallons of salt water invaded the mile-long tubes, damaging cables, track, and signals.

Like the Greenpoint, Montague and Cranberry tubes, it was temporary repair work that permitted the 53 St tubes safe return to service soon 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 weekend work will reach substantial completion by February, 2017.

Photo of the 53 St tube to be placed in the layout

11:45 PM Friday
to 5 AM Monday
2017 Dates
(click below for accomplishments)
Jan 6 – 9
Jan 13 – 16
Jan 20 – 23
2016 Accomplishments
click here to review our accomplishments from 2016

2015 Accomplishments
click here to review our accomplishments from 2015

2016 - 2017 53 St Tubes $64.9 million Sandy Recovery Work includes:
  • Power and communications cables and duct repairs
  • Circuit breaker house repairs
  • Substation rehabilitation
  • Track repair and replacement
  • Communications equipment


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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