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Elected Officials Update R Train Riders On Major Service Disruption

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City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and City Councilman Vincent Gentile handed out fliers to straphangers in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn this morning, to get the word out about major service disruptions coming up on the R subway line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to do major repairs on the tube which carries the R under the East River.

Work will begin on August 4 and take about 14 months.

While it is going on, R train riders will be able to transfer to other trains on either side of the river.

Some transit users told NY1 they still have concerns about their commute.

"It stinks for the people that need to commute and the R train is the only way that they can commute," said one rider. "For me, I'm one of those people, and I don't want to always pay for the express bus. I'm not happy about it."

"I do whatever I have to do to get to work. That's another thing about New Yorkers, we're very flexible," said another. "There's never one way to do things. You have plan A, B, C and D."

The so-called Montague Tube was flooded with more than 27 million gallons of salt water during Hurricane Sandy.

Signals, tracks, lighting and other components were severely damaged.

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