New York Manhattan - Brooklyn Rutgers Street F-Line Tube Rehabilitation

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New York Manhattan - Brooklyn Rutgers Street F-Line Tube Rehabilitation
Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:28 PM

MTA Announces Next Phase

of Rutgers Tube Work

Tunnel Between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn is the Last of Eleven Damaged During Superstorm Sandy to be Rehabbed; Work Remains on Schedule;
Project is Federally Funded

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials today announced
forthcoming service changes for the next phase of the Rutgers Tube

Rehabilitation Project. The work began in August and remains on

track for completion in the spring. The twin tubes, which run

between the East Broadway station in Manhattan and the York St

station in Brooklyn on the f line, were damaged during Superstorm

Sandy. They are the last tubes to be rehabilitated as part of post-Sandy

reconstruction work.  

The next phase of work will be conducted on nights and weekends

starting early next month and is expected to be substantially completed

by April. The project’s 14-month overall construction will be the fastest

of all Sandy tube rehabilitations.

“We are making strong progress on the Rutgers tunnel using strategies

similar to those we pioneered on the l Project: use state-of-the art

technology and work smarter and faster so that the project costs less

and impacts fewer customers," said Janno Lieber, President of MTA

Construction & Development. “We also see from our experience with

Superstorm Sandy recovery, where funds from Washington were a big

part of the response to that national emergency, the positive impact

when the federal government steps up during a crisis to assist mass

transit agencies.”

Once completed, customers will benefit from improved service

reliability due to the infrastructure improvements. They'll also benefit

from additional cellular service throughout the tunnel and improved

ADA station components at the East Broadway station. The MTA's

Construction & Development division has deployed lessons learned

during the  Project, including the installation of a similar cable

management racking system to the one installed in the l Line’s

Canarsie Tunnel.

Infrastructure improvements such as new track, power and communication

cables, signal equipment, and tunnel lighting systems will improve customer experience. Teams are also bolstering the resiliency of the pumping system,

which was overwhelmed with more than 1.5 million gallons of water during

the 2012 storm. The Rutgers Tube rehabilitation is the first of its kind to

fully utilize the fast-track “design-build” approach, rather than design-bid-build.

Design-build harnesses innovation and makes projects more efficient by

having a single vendor be responsible for both design and construction.

The project has made significant progress this fall during the first phase

of work. Notable accomplishments include: 

  • Completed over 9,000 linear feet of track replacement with
  • new continuously welded rail 
  • Installed approximately 7,500 linear feet of a new cable manage-
  • ment rack system 
  • Completed wall tile demolition and removal, and leak mitigation,
  • at East Broadway station

Service Plan: 

  • f trains will be rerouted over the e line between 36 St in Queens
  • and West 4 St, and via the c line between West 4 St and
  • Jay St-MetroTech. 
  • e trains will be rerouted over the f line between 36 St in Queens
  • and a temporary terminal at Delancey St in Manhattan. This change will accommodate the changes to f service above to provide the same
  • level of service on 6 Av.  
  • East Broadway and York St f stations will be closed during these
  • periods. The World Trade Center e station will also be closed.
  • Free shuttle buses will be available to take customers between
  • Delancey St and East Broadway stations. 
  • Customers at York St will be directed to take the existing B67 or a
  • shuttle bus to Jay St-MetroTech. 
  • Customers at World Trade Center can take ac and f trains at
  • Chambers St or 2and 3 trains at Park Place.
  • ADA customers should transfer to 12 or 3 trains at 42 St-Port
  • Authority or 2and 3 trains at Fulton St for the accessible Chambers
  • St 123 station. 
  • Service changes may vary on select dates due to other work in the system. Please check the project microsite at 
  • for the latest info.

Weekday and Weekend Work Schedule

Weeknights: 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next day 

January 4-7, 2021 

January 11-14, 2021 

January 18-21, 2021 

January 25-28, 2021 

February 1-4, 2021 

February 8-11, 2021 

February 15-18, 2021 

February 22-25, 2021 

March 8-11, 2021 

March 15-18, 2021 

March 22-25, 2021

Weekends: 10:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday, every weekend from January 1-March 29, 2021

The subway system remains closed between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for disinfecting.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:29 PM


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Posted by sandyhookken on Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:41 PM

I don't understand the logic behind all of these service changes. Why not just run the F train on the A/C tracks between W 4th St in Manhattan and J St/Metrotech in Brooklyn? This would eliminate F train service to five stations, two of which will be closed anyway under this plan. Of the remainig three stations, two are served by multiple subway lines, only 2nd Ave is an "orphan".


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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:02 AM

possibly specific switch overhaul.

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