| trains are rerouted via the in both directions between Roosevelt Av and W 4 St
trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service
The 83-year-old 53 St tubes, which carry and (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.
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.