Final countdown: ‘L-pocalypse’ to begin Apr. 27 of next year, MTA says

Tick tock: State transit honchos announced they will stop Brooklyn–Manhattan L-train service on April 27, 2019, giving locals such as these cyclists — seen here roughly a year before the shutdown during one of their bike-train commutes to the outer borough — about six more months of subway rides across the river.
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Welcome to L.

Officials on Tuesday announced they will stop Brooklyn–Manhattan L-train service on April 27, 2019, to begin their 15-month repairs of the subway’s East River–spanning tube, roughly six and a half years after the infrastructure sustained significant damage during superstorm Sandy.

Bigwigs at the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally revealed the start date hours after news of it leaked on social media.

The bi-borough L train will make its last run across the River on Fri. April 26, and the next day will begin its Brooklyn-only routes between Bedford Avenue station and Canarsie, forcing the roughly 250,000 who ride it to the outer borough daily to find other ways onto the distant isle until the second half of 2020.

Transit leaders will begin offering straphangers some alternative transportation options, including the five new bus routes and dedicated Williamsburg–Manhattan ferry service they previously announced, on April 21 to give commuters time to adjust, according to the Authority, which will institute more remedies, including beefed-up service on other subway lines, on April 28.

Officials’ alternative-transportation plans for the so-called “L-pocalypse” include running more trips along the G, J, M, and Z lines, and adding more cars to some of those lines’ subways; sailing as many as three ferries carrying up to 240 riders each between Williamsburg and Manhattan per hour daily; laying new bike lanes along Grand Street; creating a high-occupancy vehicle lane across the Williamsburg Bridge that will be reserved for cars with three or more passengers during a daily “rush-hour” window from 5 am to 10 pm; and instituting new Williamsburg–Manhattan and Crown Heights–Canarsie bus routes for straphangers.

Commuters already received — and will continue to get — little tastes of L on multiple weekends leading up to the shutdown, when the transit agency is stopping L-train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan in order to perform track maintenance ahead of the massive project.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 2:02 pm, October 30, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
No L No L The MTA did say Was for certain poor hipsters at bus stops they stayed.
Oct. 31, 2018, 7:24 am
Moonshine from Bed sytu says:
Vote for Mr Bernie Sanders, Mr Sanders said everything should be free, we are all brothers and sisters and we should share , I agree, Me Sanders said black folks should learn from Mexican how to go to work, explaining that Mexicans go to work early like 5 AM and black folks should rise early and do the same
Oct. 31, 2018, 8:41 am
Benny from Park Slope says:
One of the biggest question marks about this shutdown is whether the streets will be flooded with inexperienced -- and veteran -- bike riders who can't be bothered to obey traffic laws, ride at night without lights (while wearing black, of course, because they're so cool), race along on sidewalks, and basically act like entitled a-holes on two wheels. Yes, cars suck. And so do many, many, many of the bicyclists one encounters on a daily basis throughout NYC.
Oct. 31, 2018, 9:15 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Don’t worry Benny, the police will surely crack down on rouge cyclists as they always do. Enforcement will be stepped up to handle the increase in miscreant bicyclists.
Oct. 31, 2018, 9:46 am
Barry from Kenya says:
Don’t worry Benny, I’m too dumb to understand the difference between rouge and rogue. You’d think I’m henry ford posing as Barry, because I’m that pathetic.
Oct. 31, 2018, 10:55 am
Hillary from The Hamptons says:
Let them eat cake.
Oct. 31, 2018, 1:39 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
You silly goose, Henry Ford has been banned from this site because only leftists are allowed to have opinions here. Everyone else gets banned.
Oct. 31, 2018, 6:15 pm
Henry's Mother from Upstairs says:
That's not true! Henry wasn't banned, I won't give him the new wifi password. He spends too much time on meatspin.
Oct. 31, 2018, 7:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Just take alternate subway lines or use the buses. There are plenty of ways to getting around when you can't use the L line itself. Some of you are just blowing this out of proportion. If you don't know what other ways to get around, then just use a subway or bus map to plan your route for the time being. Also, take extra time so that it won't be a factor when using said new route.
Nov. 1, 2018, 2:42 pm
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
I'll be not surprised if there is 24/7/365 overcrowding on all of the subway lines that connects with the L train in some capacity during this shutdown. In addition, there'll be overcrowding on the shuttle bus system between Brooklyn and Manhattan. It's all hands on deck, that's for sure.
Nov. 2, 2018, 4:55 am

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