During the first two weekend in August, the C, E, F, and G trains will experience widespread diversions in Brooklyn.
The service changes will allow MTA workers to upgrade the Rutgers Tunnel, an aging piece of infrastructure under the East River that was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and to install cables and WiFi equipment at the Jay Street/Metrotech, Borough Hall, and Hoyt-Schermerhorn stations.
Usually, service disruptions are a burden for New Yorkers. In this case, however, there is at least one silver lining.
The G, the snail-ish option for many Greenpoint commuters and the only subway line exclusive to the outer boroughs, will be extended to Coney Island for those two weekends.
Running on the F line, the modified G route will give the people of North Brooklyn unusually quick and easy access to the the iconic boardwalk and its beaches.
“We plan carefully to keep service disruptions to a minimum, but there are times when service changes can actually result in localized improvements for riders,” said New York City Transit acting vice president Demetrius Crichlow. “In this case, we are extending the G line by more than five miles and giving customers from Greenpoint and Williamsburg a direct route to Coney Island.”
The G train will stop at every station along the F line. A shuttle bus will substitute G train service between the Bedford-Nostrand Avenue and Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street stations, while F trains will be running along the C line.
The brief expansion of subway service is a welcome change during a summer in which North Brooklyn’s access to beaches has been crippled. In May, the Greenpoint stop of NYC Ferry suddenly closed due to a mechanical issue.
The ferry, which carried Greenpoint residents to the Rockaways in summers past, has been closed ever since.