One ‘L’ of a weekend! No train service to or from Williamsburg!

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This weekend, the “L” is for lousy.

The L train will not be running at all — in either direction, people! — between the Myrtle-Wyckoff station and Manhattan.

The elimination of all L-train service starts at 12:01 am on Saturday, meaning you better catch that midnight train to Billlyburg on Friday night, because it will be the last one until normal service resumes at 5 am on Monday.

Service will be split into two shuttle loops:

•A bus will pick up passengers at the Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue L-train stops and take them to the more exotic J-train station at Marcy Avenue on the Southside.

• A second shuttle bus will handle all L-train traffic east of Lorimer to and from Myrtle-Wyckoff.

To lessen this stunning inconvenience, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will continue running M-train service over the weekend.

It’s small comfort to Williamsburgers.

“No L train — in either direction? This is earth shattering,” said Kate Briquelet, a shocked resident who lives on S. Third Street.

Normal L service will continue between Myrtle-Wykcoff avenues and Rockaway Parkway. But who cares about that?

Brooklynites heading to Manhattan — though for what reason, we can’t possibly know — will have to use the M14 crosstown bus instead of the L.

The downright awful service that used to characterize the L train several years ago is a thing of the past, for the most part. But occasionally those booze-filled memories of late night trips on shuttle buses are resurrected, as they were last May.

According to New York City Transit, the L line is among the city’s busiest and fastest-growing subway tubes. The Lorimer Street station increased its ridership by 11.5 percent from 2008 to 2009, the biggest jump in the system.

But not this weekend.

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Reader Feedback

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Hooray! Maybe I can get some meat at Fette Sau and sit down without all the German tourists hogging up the benches!
Oct. 8, 2010, 11:13 am
cc sabathia from williamsburg says:
the girl quoted in article lives on south 3rd. really that hard to walk to doodoo brown train? it's probably closer anyway!
Oct. 8, 2010, 11:15 am
Andy from Williamsburg says:
Perhaps the reporter can find out from the MTA what exactly is still going on that they need to shut down the line for an entire weekend? Ask for accountability and all that stuff. That the train ain't running isn't news. Finding out why North Brooklyn residents are subjected to this so regularly would be!
Oct. 8, 2010, 1:47 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Take Mass Transit says the city.

But Mass Transit is the first thing they cut!
Oct. 8, 2010, 5:48 pm
anonymous from Bushwick, Brooklyn says:
I'd really like to know why this is happening and how long i can expect this to continue, i found 6 different articles about the delay but none them answered these questions
Oct. 8, 2010, 10:45 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
"Normal L service will continue between Myrtle-Wykcoff avenues and Rockaway Parkway. But who cares about that?"

I would imagine the people in Ridgewood, Ocean Hill, Brownsville and Canarsie. What are they, chopped liver?
Oct. 9, 2010, 1:48 pm
Wywy from Windsor Terrace says:
@Richard Grayson

I'm assuming that was sarcasm bro
Oct. 9, 2010, 4:41 pm
James from Willaimsburg/bushwich says:
Once again the MTA has failed us. Born and raised in the burg. I've seen the MTA not take the hard working class into consideration. These people have to work on weekends. You would think that they would find a better way to work around repairs like they use too. It's bad enough we have to pay inflated price in this tough economy. Now you make even harder to make a paycheck.
June 10, 2011, 11:45 pm
Caroline from East Village says:
The L train isn't running in same stations next weekend either! Thanks, MTA. Now I have a 20-min walk from the East Village just to get to a working subway station.

And don't call the M-14 bus an alternative. That thing crawls even on normal days! You can walk faster.
Sept. 10, 2011, 5:21 pm

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