Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will open one lane of the Queens Midtown Tunnel for buses only during rush hour Tuesday, as it continues to restore the regions transportation system following Hurricane Sandy.
One lane of the south tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be open for buses only heading into Manhattan from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and for buses leaving Manhattan from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The tunnel will be closed to traffic at all other times.
No other vehicles will be allowed to enter the tunnel during those hours. The restriction will be enforced by MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers and the New York City Police Department.
The Queens Midtown Tunnel was flooded by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. It has been pumped dry but sustained significant damage to its mechanical systems that must be repaired. No timetable has been established to reopen the tunnel to general traffic.
The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, was also flooded by storm surge. Pumping operations continue at the tunnel and there is no timetable for reopening it.