New York City Transit to suspend M Service during two-month overhaul

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NEW YORK — The 110-year old subway system in New York City is gradually undergoing a transformation with renewal of existing structures. New York City Transit's BMT 'M' line to Metropolitan Avenue is the latest line to get this treatment.

For a period of two months beginning July 1, the M line will be rebuilt in advance of the "L" Canarsie line's 15-month closure to repair the East River tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Shuttle bus service is scheduled to pick up the slack during the subway outage.

Major projects include the replacement of the bridge over New York & Atlantic’s Fresh Pond Yard. The more than 100-year-old bridge is an element of the M line as the terminus at Metropolitan Avenue and the subway storage yard are connected to the rest of the subway system with this bridge.

New York Transit crews will also repair the Myrtle Avenue concrete viaduct spanning Central Avenue. That project will launch once work has been completed on the Fresh Pond bridge project.

New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick said that safe and reliable service is the agency's top priority.

The line serves 60,000 passengers daily. Officials say the project will be complete by Sept. 1.

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