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Starting Spring 2017, weekend service on the 2 and 3 trains will be suspended between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
These closures are necessary to repair the Clark Street tunnel which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The tunnel runs for 1.2 miles beneath the East River, connecting over 200,000 commuters living and working between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
How long will this service change be in affect?
Well, as with any repair work on the subway lines, the goal is to get the work done as quickly as possible in the least disruptive way possible. The proposed work will occur over 56 weekends so as not to affect weekday service. Nevertheless, that means for more than one year, there will be no 2 or 3 trains during the weekend between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Several other changes will occur to offset the impacts. Read more about the changes on the MTA website.
The Clark Street Tube project is the seventh major tunnel restoration project due to Sandy. Repairs have been completed on the Montague R Tube, Greenpoint G Tube, and the Steinway 7 Tube, and work is ongoing in the Cranberry A,C, Joralemon 4, 5, and 53 St E,M Tubes. And who can forget the upcoming Canarsie L tube repairs. Ugh.