'Open cut’ route serves Southern Brooklyn
By Raanan Geberer
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Because of snowstorm conditions, MTA New York City Transit on Thursday temporarily suspended service on the southbound N line, also known as the Sea Beach Line, between 36th Street and Coney Island.
The service was suspended in order to allow snow blowers to remove accumulated snow and ice from the tracks and the third rail. The N line, which goes through an open cut between 59th Street and Coney Island, is particularly vulnerable to snow and ice.
Once the snow was cleared from the southbound track, the MTA said on Thursday afternoon, normal southbound service would resume. The snow blowers would then be used to clear snow from the northbound track, and service in that direction would be temporarily suspended.
Other “open cut” lines in the city include part of the Brighton Beach line, the Rockaway line in Queens and the Dyre Avenue line in the Bronx. Several of these routes are former railroad lines.
Many of the N line’s stations are within walking distance of the R and D lines. In addition, the line has a transfer station with the D at New Utrecht Avenue/62nd Street.
The N serves Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Coney Island.