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G Train Riders Prepare for Summer Shutdown

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G train riders have seen this before, as service on the line will be disrupted because of repairs to a tunnel flooded by Hurricane Sandy. But as transit reporter Jose Martinez reports, the latest round of work may sting a lot more.

The G train's taking a summer break and this time it's not just on weekends.

"Well I guess I'm gonna have to get on the bus,” said one G train rider.

Starting Friday at 10:30 p.m., the line will quit running between Court Square and Nassau Avenue for five weeks, as crews get back to work on fixing the damage caused when saltwater flooded the tube during Hurricane Sandy.

"Tracks, signals, communications, power cables, pump controls. Basically everything in its path has to be redone,” said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

That led to 12 weekends of work last year, with a round-the-clock shutdown needed for this year's repairs.

"What we need to do now is go in and make permanent repairs that will guarantee us that the G will remain reliable moving forward,” said Ortiz.

Not that the 125,000 daily riders on the only line in the system that steers clear of Manhattan are thrilled about it.

"I can understand how they have to fix the tunnels, but 24-hours a day? There is damage from the storm, but it's gonna be a damage to the passengers too,” said another rider.

The MTA will be running free shuttles buses to and from the stations that will be closed through September 2.

That will allow riders to connect to the 7, E and M at Court Square and the L at Lorimer Street.

In addition, riders can get free transfers between Broadway on the G and Lorimer Street on the J and M. Or connect to the A and C at Hoyt-Schermerhorn.

But some straphangers say they've got their own plans on how they'll get around.

"Maybe I'll become a confident cyclist that I've always dreamed of being,” said a rider.

"It's summer, it's gonna be fall, it's gonna be nice. People should get out of the subways,” said another.

The work on the G train tube resumes as work continues on the R train tube that's been closed since last August. That's set to reopen by October. All after the critical equipment in seven underwater tubes was damaged by Sandy's saltwaters.

But the work on the underwater tunnels is just beginning. Once this first round is completed, riders can look forward to more closings on the tunnels linking Brooklyn and Manhattan on the A and C lines as well as the F, though the start date of those projects is yet to be determined.

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