Red alert! No weekend 2, 3 trains in Brooklyn starting spring next year

Brooooklyn, you don’t have to put on the red light: A map showing where the 4 and 5 trains will run on weekends next year.
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There will be no weekend 2 and 3 train service in Brooklyn for more than a year while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority repairs the line’s Hurricane Sandy-ravaged tunnel to Manhattan next year, the agency announced on Friday.

Kings County red-bullet riders won’t be stranded when the 56-weekend closure starts in June — 4 and 5 trains will hit all the local stops from Nevins Street station to New Lots Avenue and Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College stations, respectively.

But Clark Street station in Brooklyn Heights and Downtown’s Hoyt Street stop will be out of commission during those weekends.

And it will add roughly four-and-a half minutes to the average commute for some 205,000 weekend riders, according to the agency.

For those unfortunate Brooklynites who have to visit the far-off island of Manhattan on weekends — and the lucky Manhattanites who get to spend some time in the Borough of Kings — there will be free above-ground transfers between the 4 and 5 Bowling Green stop and the Whitehall Street-South Ferry 1, 2, and R station.

The borough-connecting underwater passageway — officially called the Clark Street Tube — is in bad shape after the 2012 super-storm battered it with some 500,000 gallons of saltwater, damaging tracks, signals, and switches, transit officials say.

After the Clarke Street tunnel, the agency will also perform similar weekend repairs to the F train’s Rutgers Street tunnel, and close the L-train’s Canarsie tube full-time for a much-dreaded 18 months of patch-ups.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bob Scott from Boro Hall says:
Why can't trains turn back at Boro Hall? Also, to claim this will add just 4-and-a-half minutes is fantasy.
Dec. 12, 2016, 6:26 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
I understand the major inconvenience for the 2 train and 3 train straphangers who are going Brooklyn to Manhattan starting next June. However, it is essentially necessary to make these East River Tunnels rehabilitate and resilient to future sea level rises. That's how the MTA received billions to retrofit these critical infrastructure assets after Superstorm Sandy hit NYC.
Dec. 12, 2016, 12:10 pm
AMH says:
Clark Street, not "Clarke Street".

@Bob Scott how would that help anyone? Far better to have service into Manhattan on the Lex with an easy transfer to the A for the West Side.
Dec. 12, 2016, 2:01 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
stop complaining and ride a bike
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:48 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I don't see this as much of a bother since the 4 follows the 3 and that the 5 follows the 2 when in Brooklyn, plus they can transfer at the subway hub over at the Fulton Street Transit Center depending on where they want to go from there.
Dec. 13, 2016, 6:17 pm

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