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Superstorm Sandy: Fix&Fortify Efforts Continue

 

Timeline of the Storm & Restoration of Service


Climate Photos

Friday,
October 26, 2012

Flood protection work for stations, vent bays and facilities in high flood risk areas begins.

Sunday,
October 28
, 2012

Incident Command Center and Situation Room are activated at RCC (Rail Control Center).

7:00 p.m. – Service suspension begins on NYC Subway, LIRR, Metro-North.  Trains making their final runs depart their origin stations.

All station agents out of booths.

9:00 p.m. – Service suspension begins on NYC Buses. Buses begin their final runs.

Sustained winds exceed 39 mph.

Monday,
October 29, 2012

Incident Command Center and Situation Room are activated at RCC. (Rail Control Center).

2:18 a.m. – NYC Transit subway system shuts down; all trains stored in storm lay-up locations.

2:00 p.m – Hugh L. Carey Tunnel closes.

4:25 p.m. – Cross Bay Bridge closes.

7:00 p.m. – Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx Whitestone Bridge, Marine Parkway Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge close.

7:30 p.m. – The RFK Bridge closes.

8:45 p.m. – Queens Midtown Tunnel closes.

Storm surges reach 13.8 feet at the Battery, extensive flooding reported.

 

Tuesday,
October 30
, 2012

Sustained winds drop below 39 mph in service areas

12 noon – RFK Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, and Henry Hudson Bridge reopen.

Subway system inspection begins in underground areas.

Inspection of system extends to elevated areas.

Re-staffing of station agent booths begins.

Wednesday,
October 31, 2012

Rutgers Tube, the first flooded under-river tube, is pumped dry. 

2:00 p.m. – Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge opens northbound to Broad Channel; it opens southbound to Rockaways, subject to periodic closures for emergency equipment.

2:00 p.m. – Metro-North restores limited Harlem Line service; hourly trains run between Grand Central Terminal and North White Plains.

2:00 p.m. – LIRR resumes hourly train service between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.

7:10 p.m. – LIRR resumes hourly train service between Penn Station and Jamaica.

 

Thursday,
November 1, 2012

5:10 a.m. – NYC Transit restores initial subway service on the 1 Line icon 2 Line icon 4 Line icon 5 Line icon 6 Line icon S Line icon A Line icon B Line icon D Line icon F Line icon J Line icon L Line icon M line icon N line icon and R Line icon routes, with 10-minute headways; there is no service between Manhattan and Brooklyn and multiple branches. 

NYC Transit activates Bus Bridge operation between Jay St MetroTech, Hewes St, Atlantic Av, and 54th St.

Start of morning service – Metro-North resumes near-regular service between Mount Kisco and Grand Central Terminal on the Harlem Line, and between Grand Central and Stamford on the New Haven Line, with near-regular schedules.  Metro-North extends Harlem Line PM service north, from Mount Kisco to Southeast Station.

Start of morning service – LIRR resumes service on the Port Washington Branch between Penn Station and Great Neck, and on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Penn Station.

Friday,
November 2, 2012

Metro-North resumes Hudson Line service between Grand Central Terminal and Croton-Harmon (the halfway point); MNR restores New Haven Line service completely.

LIRR restores service on its four busiest branches: Ronkonkoma, Port Washington, Babylon, and Huntington.

Saturday,
November 3, 2012

Metro-North resumes full Hudson Line service, to Poughkeepsie.

NYC Transit restores full 4 Line icon 5 Line icon and 6 Line icon service between Manhattan and Brooklyn with 10-minute headways.

NYC Transit restores full 7 Line icon service from Main St to Times Square with 10-minute headways.

NYC Transit extends J Line icon service into Manhattan from Hewes St to Essex St

SIR service resumes with 30-minute headways.

12:01 a.m. – Fare collection resumes on all services.

Sunday,
November 4, 2012

NYC Transit restores full 4 Line icon 5 Line icon and J Line icon service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Metro-North resumes limited train service on the Port Jervis Line with supplemental off-peak bus service to the Hudson Line.

Monday,
November 5, 2012

First rush hour with major service restoration.

Metro-North restores service on the Waterbury and Danbury branches of the New Haven Line, and to the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line.

Tuesday,
November 6
, 2012

The Queens Midtown Tunnel reopens for buses

Wednesday,
November 7
, 2012

The LIRR suspends service twice when a Nor’easter storm hits Long Island, downing trees and power lines on the LIRR Right-of- Way.

Thursday,
November 8
, 2012

Start of morning service – LIRR resumes modified schedule.  

Friday,
November 9, 2012

6 a.m. – Queens Midtown Tunnel opens to all traffic (except trucks) in both directions.

Monday,
November 12, 2012

One lane of East Tube of Hugh L. Carey Tunnel opens to buses only, during peak rush hours

Metro-North resumes limited train service on the Pascack Valley Line with supplemental off-peak bus service.

LIRR resumed near normal service,  running 70 percent of regular rush hour service and 83 percent of overall service.

Tuesday,
November 13, 2012

Start of service day – Metro-North restores train service to the New Canaan Branch, which had been using temporary bus service.

9:00 a.m. –NYC Transit extends 1 Line icon subway service to Rector St.

4:00 p.m. – Hugh L. Carey Tunnel opens to cars during rush hour in the peak direction.

Wednesday,
November 14
, 2012

The LIRR restores limited train service on the Long Beach branch, using a diesel locomotive shuttle that does not require third rail electricity to run. 

Friday,
November 16
, 2012

6:00 a.m. – Queens Midtown Tunnel reopens to trucks.

Monday,
November 19, 2012

6:00 a.m. – Both tubes of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel fully reopen to traffic (excluding trucks).

Metro-North restores near-regular train service on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.

Tuesday,
November 20, 2012

4:00 a.m. – New York City Transit begins service on the H shuttle between Far Rockaway-Mott Av and Beach 90 Street using the Hammels Wye.  The free shuttle operates every 15 minutes from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday,
November 25
, 2012

The LIRR resumes electric train service on the Long Beach branch, having repaired three of four damaged substations.

Monday,
December 3
, 2012

Start of service day – Limited SIR express service returns.

Monday,
December 10
, 2012

Start of service day – LIRR restores full rush hour service, having previously restored full off-peak and weekend service.

6:00 a.m. – Hugh L. Carey Tunnel resumes full, normal operations, including the contraflow lane.

Friday,
December 21, 2012

Start of rush hour – Fully restored R Line icon service runs through the Montague Tube.

Thursday,
April 4, 2013

NYC Transit reopens Old South Ferry Station.

Thursday,
May 30, 2013

A Line icon and S Line icon Train service to the Rockaways is restored.

Friday,
July 5, 2013
Greenpoint Tubes, which carry the G Line icon  between Queens and Brooklyn undergoes the first round of major Fix&Fortify work.  Service through the tube was suspended for 12 full weekends ending in December. 
Friday,
August 2, 2013
Montague Tubes, the vital link for R Line icon  service in Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn begins a year-long shutdown to facilitate 24-hour access for rebuilding.
Friday,
July 25, 2014
Second round of major Greenpoint Tubes G Line icon  Fix&Fortify work begins, suspending service between Queens and Brooklyn for five consecutive weeks
Tuesday,
September 2, 2014
Full G Line icon service is restored through the Greenpoint Tubes.
Sunday,
September 14, 2014
Montague Tubes open to the public restoring full R Line icon  service between Whitehall St in Lower Manhattan and Court St in Downtown Brooklyn.
August 2015 Long Island Rail Road’s new Oceanside Power Substation is placed in service.

 

 

 
 
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