MTA works to fortify Coney Island Yard complex to survive the worst of hurricanes

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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MTA New York City Transit announced service changes that will affect D train travelers in southern Brooklyn as the agency continues to fortify and enhance the Coney Island Yard complex.

The latest phase of the project will see new flood walls, flood gates, drainage and pump stations installed to help protect the system against future severe weather events. Once completed, these fortifications will allow Coney Island Yard to withstand storm surges similar to those seen during Superstorm Sandy. 

“Superstorm Sandy showed us that we need to ensure that all of our NYC Transit facilities need to be protected, resilient and fortified against future natural disasters,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “The Coney Island Yard Complex is key to maintain the structure and integrity of our subway system.” 

“These enhancements to one of the largest transit yards in North America are an important step to ensure that New Yorkers have a safe, reliable transit system at all times,” said Demetrius Crichlow, senior vice president of Subways for MTA New York City Transit. “As we welcome New Yorkers back to work, they will see a modernized system that will be able to cope with any type of weather event.” 

For 15 weeks, starting Sept. 18 and continuing through Jan. 3, 2022, there will be no D train service between Bay 50 St and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue. Weekdays D trains will run to Bay 50 Street every 10 minutes. During rush hours additionalDtrains will run from/to Bay Parkway or 25 Avenue. Weekend D trains will run to Bay 50 Street every 12 minutes. Overnight D trains will run approximately every 20 minutes.

The Coney Island Yard complex is one of the largest rapid transit yards in North America, directly serving four main lines of track. It includes three train yards that can store up to 881 subway cars. The complex also is home to car wash, maintenance, and repair facilities, as well as substations, signal towers, and power and communications cables that support operations.

This fortification project is being managed by MTA Construction and Development and is part of the capital program. 

For more information about the Coney Island Yard project, visit

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