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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on July 1 will begin a $163 million project to rebuild and improve century-old sections of the M rail line.Contractors will demolish and rebuild a crucial segment of the line between the Fresh Pond Road and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue stations in Queens, New York. The segment includes a 100-year-old metal bridge that crosses over the New York & Atlantic Railway's tracks.The overpass carries M trains to the line's Queens terminus and provides access to subway car storage yards. To ensure reliable service, the structure needs to be replaced, MTA officials said in a press release.The project will continue through Sept. 1.In addition, preliminary work will begin to replace the Myrtle Viaduct, a century-old concrete overpass between the Myrtle Avenue and Central Avenue stations in Brooklyn.The improved M Line is expected to provide alternative service during the upcoming repairs to the L line's Canarsie Tunnel, which suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. That work is slated to begin in 2019.On an average weekday, M trains serve 60,000 riders between the Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue stations. Since 2000, ridership at the seven stations along that branch has grown 53 percent.