Fixing the Rutgers Tunnel

Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage to 11 of our underwater tunnels, including the Rutgers Tunnel, which F trains use to cross the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. We've made temporary fixes since 2012, but now we need to rehabilitate the entire tunnel and fortify it for the future.

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.

 

The project will begin with three weeks of work in September. There will be service changes on the and lines every night and all weekend during those three weeks, with additional weeks planned in October and November. Beginning in early 2021, there will be four months of continuous work that will require similar service changes.

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. 

Better service reliability 

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

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 

Project Schedule and Impacts to E and F Service

While we’re doing this work, we’ll need access to the tunnel and its track. That means we can't run train service through the tunnel while we're working. On nights and weekends for three weeks beginning September 14 and one week each in October and November, and on nights and weekends for four months in early 2021, there will be no train service at the East Broadway or York St stations. To provide as much subway service as possible, we’ll reroute and trains in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

We'll reroute and trains nights and weekends during:

  • Weeks of September 14, 21, and 28
  • One week in mid October
  • One week in mid-to-late November

Then, in early 2021 service changes will be in effect for four months. 

How E and F service will operate while we work

  • F trains will be rerouted on the A/C line between Jay St-MetroTech in Brooklyn and W 4 Street in Manhattan
  • F trains will be rerouted on the E line between W 4 Street and 36 Street in Queens
  • E trains will be rerouted on the F line between 36 Street in Queens and Delancey St-Essex St in Manhattan, the first/last stop for all E trains in Manhattan. This change allows us to maintain subway service at 2 Av and Delancey St-Essex St.

While we work, the East Broadway and York St stations will be closed to customers. The World Trade Center E station will also be closed during work hours. We'll provide free shuttle bus service at East Broadway and York St so that you can get to a nearby subway station. The Chambers St A/C station and Cortlandt St N/R station will also serve as alternative points of entry into the system.

See more details about service changes and alternative options.

Rutgers Tunnel between East Broadway and York Street Stations
Rutgers Tunnel between East Broadway and York Street Stations

Community meeting video

Project overview, Q&A, alternate service information, and more