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MTA Begins Repairs On G Train Tube Damaged By Sandy

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is starting repairs on the Greenpoint Tube, which carries trains between Brooklyn and Queens, and the repairs will be done during seven of the next eight weekends, as well as several more weekends in the fall for a total of 12. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

Michael Moreno travels from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn to the West Side of Manhattan for work. But now that the G train is suspended, he will have issues getting to and from work.

"I'm going to be late for work, first of all, and then I'm going to wait for a shuttle to Lorimer L stop," he said. "Then, when I get home, I have no idea how that's going to work, either. So it's going to be a huge pain all the way around."

Inconvenient, to say the least, and downright confusing for people who aren't from around here.

"It's closed, so I need to find another option," said Jonathan Rosemberg, who is visiting from France. "It's tiring."

G train commuters will have to make some long-term preparations to deal with the service changes that will last 12 weekends, stretching into December.

During that time, shuttle service on Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard will replace the train between Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn and Court Square in Queens.
But even native New Yorkers say they may opt for another mode of transportation.

"The shuttle buses during rush hour are crazy," said Natalie Schultz, a Greenpoint resident. "They're really, there's a long line, so it's kind of tough."

Although they're inconvenient, most people realize the service changes are necessary, considering the damage caused to the city's infrastructure because of Hurricane Sandy.

The service changes will allow for repairs to be made in the Greenpoint Tube that runs under Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

During the storm, it was immersed in saltwater, causing power cables, rails and fasteners to corrode and damage to the ventilation, lighting and communication systems.

"If it's making it a better experience for everyone, then I guess it's worth it," said Mark Corey, who is new to the city.

They just wish it didn't have to take so long.

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