BROOKLYN - Church leaders in Bay Ridge are calling for expedited repairs to the R train line, claiming the line is causing damage to nearby buildings.

Leaders of Saint Anselm's and Our Lady of Angels joined elected officials and residents to call attention to a problem they say started with last August’s shutdown of the Montague Street Tunnel that serves the R train. Since then, they say rattling and shaking from passing R trains have sent cracks shooting through the walls of churches and buildings along and near Fourth Avenue.

While the work is necessary to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy, the church leaders are asking the MTA to hurry up and finish the job before more damage is caused.

The MTA says tests were done in November and December that showed vibrations were elevated but not at a level that would cause structural damage to surrounding buildings.

Representatives for the agency say most of the work on the R line has been completed.