There are many flaws to proposals by some elected officials to divide the current R subway line service into two sections.
One section would run from Continental Avenue Forest Hills to South Ferry. The second section would run from Bay Ridge/96th Street and 4th Avenue to Court Street in downtown Brooklyn.
Thousands of Brooklyn riders would have to transfer at Pacific Street, Lawrence Street or Court Street stations to other subway lines for connections to Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Many of these other subway lines are already operating at 100 percent capacity.
Thousands of Queens and Manhattan residents would have to change at 59th Street, Times Square, 34th Street or Union Square stations in Manhattan to reach Brooklyn. This transfer will add several minutes to everyone's trip.
Imagine the problems for those coming and going to Staten Island via the ferry if this connection is severed. Those who count on connections to the Staten Island Ferry, which runs less frequently than the subway, could be subject to even longer commutes.
Work to repair and protect against future flooding of the Montague Tunnel used by the R line as a result of Super Storm Sandy in 2012 cost $250 million. Funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Super Storm Sandy Recovery and Resiliency program paid for this work.
All federally funded assets have a useful life. If the MTA fails to keep any federally funded asset in transit service for the anticipated full useful life, the FTA has a legal right to ask for its money back.