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MTA: F tunnel closure will only happen on weekends - Brooklyn Paper

MTA: F tunnel closure will only happen on weekends

A roomy F train pulls out of the Church Street station during a recent morning rush (above), but is crowded by the time it leaves the Smith and Ninth Street stop (top). Many more passengers will cram onto the train at the Carroll Street and Bergen Street stations.
The Brooklyn Paper / Aaron Greenhood

Mystery solved — well, one of them.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will only close the F train tunnel to Manhattan on weekends when it performs repairs to the Sandy-ravaged stretch at some point in the coming years. The news follows a report by this paper relaying straphangers’ demands to know if it would disrupt their daily commutes.

Agency rep Kevin Ortiz originally told this paper it was too soon to offer any details other than the date it would award a contract for the work. But after a spokesman from state Sen. Daniel Squadon’s (D–Brooklyn Heights) office sent a video of a February hearing showing agency honcho Thomas Prendergast telling the pol that the work should not require weekday closures, Ortiz subsequently confirmed it would be weekends only.

It is still too early to say when the work will begin, how long it will take, or how it will impact the line, Ortiz says.

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