How to Live Without the R Train

By Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker is a former reporter and editor with The Epoch Times.
August 2, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—New Yorkers have known for months that it was coming, but the dreaded day is finally here: R train service will be suspended for 14 months. The R subway line, which runs from Astoria in Queens, through Manhattan, to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, will be out of service for more than a year for post-Sandy recovery to the tunnels.

The MTA has issued an extremely complex guide for alternatives for riders that includes schedules of other trains, service guides by station, and a timeline of closures. 

From 11:30 p.m. on Friday, August 2 until October 2014, there will be no R Line trains between Court Street in Brooklyn, and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan.  

On weekdays, it will operate in two sections, Brooklyn only and Queens and Manhattan only.

On the weekends, the R will run via the Manhattan Bridge, and there will be no service at Jay St-MetroTech (including late night N services), Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street, and City Hall. 

Alternate suggested lines for R train riders includes the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C trains.

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker is a former reporter and editor with The Epoch Times.