New York MTA surprises subway riders with five-month tunnel closure

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NEW YORK — Without advance notice, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has closed a subway tunnel for a five-month repair, a move likely to add to travel times for those using the N train, the Metro news site reports.

The closure, to repair beams in a section of an express tunnel in Brooklyn, came to light only when the MTA responded to complaints about slow service on its Twitter account, saying the work betweeen 59th and 36th streets “is expected to be completed sometime in December 2018.”

The work will force all trains to use the local track through the work area, adding two stops and at lesat five minutes’ travel time for express trains, Metro reports.

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