Monday Morning will See R train Service Return between Brooklyn and Manhattan

Monday Morning will See R train Service Return between Brooklyn and ManhattanThe rebuilt Montague Tube subway tunnel is ready to be back in action and the R train all spruced up to begin service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is all set to start functioning much before the scheduled time, on Monday morning. It went through a complete overhaul after being affected by Hurricane Sandy. The service was supposed to start at 6 a. m.

The Montague Street tunnel had filled with 27 million gallons or more of seawater following the October 2012 storm.

In the refurbished tunnel 11,000 feet of new track has been installed along with three new pumps. Each of them is capable of taking out 1,900 gallons of water every minute. Submarine-style doors that are waterproof have also been installed which would ensure that the equipments do not get damaged in case of any future floods.

Each weekday approximately 65,000 riders usually use the services of the tunnel.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said, "It took more than a year of round the clock construction in difficult conditions, but we rebuilt the tunnel from the ground up. It's under budget and ahead of schedule, something government doesn't do that often."

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