NEW YORK CITY — The A train to the Rockaways will start running again May 30, more than six months after service was halted by Superstorm Sandy's destruction of MTA infrastructure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
The train to Jamaica Bay will run again after 1,500 feet of washed away tracks were replaced, along with miles of signals, power and communications wires. The authority also had to rehabilitate two stations that were completely flooded, the governor said in a release.
The MTA also installed a steel wall 30 feet into the soil along the bay to safeguard against future storms.
“The last six months have meant substantial cleanup and repair, leading to the rapid restoration of full service in all but the hardest-hit facilities," the governor said.
"Now we must focus on the priority and challenge of making permanent repairs to keep the subways safe and reliable for years to come."
The governor also announced the Sandy Recovery and Resiliency Division, which will draw from engineers, project managers, procurement specialists and approved contractors to advance the managing and rebuilding after Sandy.
Among the top priorities will be the flood-proofing of stations deemed most vulnerable to future storms.
The MTA system suffered an estimated $4.755 billion worth of damage as railroad and subway lines, vehicular tunnels, subway stations and power and signal equipment were washed over with salt water during Sandy, the governor said.