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Fixing the Rutgers Tunnel

Updated Oct 5, 2023


  • Location
    Brooklyn, Manhattan
  • Type
    Infrastructure, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation
  • Status

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  • Final parts of this project were completed in fall 2021

About the project

The Rutgers Tunnel is made up of two "tubes," each of which carries the train under the East River between the East Broadway station in Manhattan and the York St station in Brooklyn. The Rutgers Tunnel is one of 11 that were substantially damaged by Superstorm Sandy, and the last one that we need to rehabilitate. In addition to fixing the infrastructure and equipment that were damaged, we'll also fix and fortify multiple systems within the tunnel, as well as install end-to-end mobile phone infrastructure to allow for cellular service.

This kind of work is time- and labor-intensive, but we're phasing the project to minimize the impact to our riders, and we're providing as much alternative service as possible so you can get around during the work.

Over the past 14 months, rerouting   and  trains has allowed us to do the rehabilitation work needed within the Rutgers Tunnel. We've wrapped up most of this work, and will continue related projects, like making signals more resilient and improving tunnel ventilation, through the fall. We'll need to make changes to   and   service on a few weekends during the spring.  Check back here for schedule updates.

Here's everything you need to know about what we're doing, and about the best ways for you to get where you need to be while we work.

Benefits for you

Our work to fix the Rutgers tunnel and its infrastructure will help make transit more reliable, resilient and accessible, for years to come. The improvements we're making range from protections against future extreme weather events to ADA and circulation enhancements to the East Broadway station. We're also installing and activating wireless cell service throughout the Rutgers tunnel so that you can continue using your phone uninterrupted as you travel through the East River.

Check out our progress so far

Long-term resiliency 

  • Rehabilitated pump room to increase pumping capacity
  • New cable racking system to relocate cables above flood levels
  • Rehabilitated fan plant to improve ventilation

Better accessibility

New accessibility features at East Broadway station include:

  • Raised platform boarding areas 
  • Tactile platform edge warning strips
  • Widened staircase from mezzanine to platform for improved circulation 

Better service reliability 

  • New tracks, ties and third rail
  • New fiber optic cable and signaling equipment