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Commuter alert: R train to shut down on nights, weekends for repairs

Seventeen R train stops between Whitehall Street and Lower Manhattan and 95th Street will be impacted.

News 12 Staff

Mar 30, 2022, 12:03 AM

Updated 813 days ago

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Commuters in Brooklyn will soon have to find alternative transportation because the R train will be undergoing repairs.
There will be no R train service on the weekends beginning in April. Overnight service has already closed. The repairs are expected to last until June 17. 
Commuters who use stations like the one on 95th Street in Bay Ridge will need to find other options.
Sen. Andrew Gounardes says, "As long as the shuttles are running, I think folks are willing to know that there's gonna be a slight inconvenience to their travel."
Seventeen R train stops between Whitehall Street and Lower Manhattan and 95th Street will be impacted. Seven of those stops from Sunset Park to Bay Ridge caught the attention of Gounardes and the Riders Alliance.
"The existing shuttle bus options don't really work as well as they should to give people what they need and keep people in transit rather than having to resort to some other way of getting around," says Danny Pearlstein, of the Riders Alliance.
Elected officials had been calling on the MTA to improve shuttle service.
As a result, free shuttles will run overnight from 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on the affected weekends while the MTA replaces switches along the line. Shuttle buses will run every two to four minutes during the day on the weekends. Another shuttle was also added at the 36th Street stop to limit the number of transfers.
"It's a great win - and we're very happy to see this happening," says Gounardes.
MTA officials says the R train work will help reduce delays and improve reliability on the line going forward.


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