BROOKLYN - Riders on the R train will experience significant delays this summer.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to shut down one of the line's tubes for more than a year. The closure, which will be in effect from Court Street to Whitehull Street, will begin during the first week of August.

MTA officials say workers will need the time to repair the mile-long tunnel that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Some commuters say they are dreading the closure, especially since R train service is slower than most other lines.

MTA officials say they considered doing the work on nights and weekends, but decided the project would take too much time.