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MTA Continues Efforts To Restore Remaining Subway Service

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The MTA has been able to restore nearly all the subway service that was disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, but that's little consolation to the 80,000 or so commuters who still don't have access to their usual commutes. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.

Arielle Dumornay dug deep for a $20 cab ride on Wednesday to get from Midtown to the Staten Island Ferry. That's because the R train she'd usually take all the way down to the Whitehall/South Ferry station is still out of service below 34th Street. Her only other choice would be multiple train changes.

"You have to go up and down the stairs," she said. "I usually transfer at Union Square, up and down the stairs for the 4/5."

That is followed by several blocks' walk from the Bowling Green station to the ferry.

R train riders are doing a lot more transferring and walking since the storm shut down the City Hall, Cortlandt Street, Rector Street and Whitehall/South Ferry stations and flooded the R's tunnel that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan.

The R stations and tunnels are now pumped out and dry so crews can repair the saltwater damage. They components have to be replaced in each of the signals along that entire section of track.

One example is the signal fuses. Crews say green mold has corroded the normally brown-colored components.

Crews are also fixing light fixtures, telephone lines and fire alarms in the R tunnel.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said said it will be weeks before the R train is fully running and even longer for the nearby 1 station at South Ferry to be back in operation.

Other service problems remain. The J and Z trains aren't running at Fulton Street or further south on Broad Street because crews are still repairing damage from the flooding.

There is no estimate from the MTA on when the J and Z trains will be making all stops, but the authority said A train service between the Rockaways and Howard Beach, Queens will be out for months while sections of the bridge over Jamaica Bay are completely rebuilt.

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