NEW YORK CITY — Commuters who plan to travel between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend using the 2 and 3 trains should look for alternative routes, as a planned MTA shutdown takes effect this weekend.
Starting Friday at 11:45 p.m., 2 and 3 train services will shut down between Manhattan and Brooklyn as the MTA begins repairs to the Clark Street tube under the East River that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
The 1.2-mile long tunnel was flooded with 500,000 gallons of saltwater in 2012 as a result of Sandy. The water damaged the tracks, signals and electrical equipment, as well as corroded the wiring in the tunnel.
The project, which will be in effect every weekend until 5 a.m. Monday, is expected to be completed by Spring 2018. The project is designed to minimize future flood risks and allow them to better respond to future storms, according to the MTA.
Here are more details of the service changes that will be in effect:
In Brooklyn, there will be no 2 and 3 train service. Straphangers are being told to take 4 and 5 trains instead:
► 4 train service will be extended to New Lots Avenue to replace the 3.
► 5 train service will be extended to Flatbush Avenue to replace the 3.
► 4 and 5 trains will run local in Brooklyn
► Clark Street and Hoyt Street stations will be closed; use nearby Borough Hall and Nevins Street 4 and 5 train stations.
► Transfer at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center for the N/Q/R trains to Manhattan
In Manhattan, 2 and 3 service will be rerouted Downtown:
► 2 service will run between The Bronx and South Ferry making local stops between 34th Street-Penn Station and South Ferry. (On the weekends of June 16 to 19 and June 23 to 26, Rector Street will be the last stop for Downtown 2 trains).
► 3 train service will run between 148th Street and 14th Street.
► Park Place and Wall Street stations will be closed; passengers are advised to use nearby Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street's 4 and 5 train stations.
► A free out-of-system transfer will be available between the South Ferry 1 and 2 and Bowling Green 4 and 5 train stations.
► Riders can transfer between the 1 and 2 and R at South Ferry-Whitehall Street.
►Riders can transfer at Times Square-42nd Street for the N, Q, R trains to Brooklyn.