By NATHAN DUKE
The Rockaway Park S shuttle service has resumed this week following the completion of two phases of flood-protection work in the Rockaways to protect subway infrastructure against future storms, the MTA announced.
Due to its location, the Rockaway Peninsula is vulnerable to flooding and storm surges. During Superstorm Sandy’s visit to the five boroughs in 2012, subway service was affected in the borough and equipment throughout the system was damaged.
For months, the S line was rerouted to allow for flood-protection repairs.
“We are committed to delivering the best service possible, which includes planning ahead for a future in which storms are getting more severe and sea levels are continuing to rise,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford said. “The proactive flood protections we are putting in place in the Rockaways help us ensure subway service can continue to run safely.”
Additionally, NYC Transit has enhanced its resiliency efforts in the Hammels Wye area to protect the A line’s infrastructure with a flood-protection project to secure the facilities needed to operate trains safely, such as a signal tower, signal compressor and hydraulic rooms, circuit-breaker houses and staff quarters.
Service on the S shuttle and A line—which also resumed this week—had been rerouted due to the proximity of the tracks to the planned flood wall and the large size of equipment that was required for the construction.
As of Sept. 4, S shuttle and A line service returned to affected stations in both directions.