Montague Tube Re-Opens and Trains resume regular service between Brooklyn and Manhattan
After more than a month of around-the-clock work in one of the most storm-ravaged sections of the MTA transit system, trains resumed service through the Montague Tube, which connects Brooklyn Heights with Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, December 21.
With the tunnel out of service for the past several weeks, the 65,000 commuters who use this line had to find alternative ways to get to their destination. The Lexington Avenue Line has been overburdened, Staten Islanders were forced to find alternate routes to midtown, and subway customers from Bay Ridge endured longer trips and transfers. .
The under river link was knocked out as a result of damage caused by the massive inflow of corrosive salt water, which left tracks, signals and electrical components submerged for days. Flooding extended for a span of more than 4,000 feet, requiring the pumping of 27 million gallons of water and the removal of tons of debris that had washed into the tunnels. Significant damage was sustained to the power feeds and controls to one pump room, and two fan plants were lost when components and controls for these pumps and fans were extensively damaged.
The electrical and signal system had to be rebuilt virtually from scratch, including wiring, relays, track circuits, lighting stop motors and other equipment associated with the safe movement of subway trains.
While sufficient work has been performed to resume the safe operation of train service, temporary service suspensions will be necessary in the future to allow workers to go in and make permanent repairs. Some of this work can be done under Transit’s FasTrack program, but the majority of the effort will require limited suspensions of service in the weeks and months to come.
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