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It’s L-pocalypse now — the sequel!

Late-night commuters are set to enter fresh L on Monday, when state-transportation leaders will stop the subway’s weeknight service between Bushwick and Manhattan for eight weeks straight.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s announcement of the suspended service comes about a week after its leaders formally cancelled the long-promised shutdown of the L train’s East River–spanning Canarsie Tube, in favor of a plan Gov. Cuomo abruptly revealed months before that closure was set to kick off on April 27.

The new plan, which will allow trains to run the line’s full length at reduced rates throughout the repairs to the superstorm Sandy–damaged Tube, requires workers to spend nights and weekends repairing the infrastruc­ture’s two tunnels one at a time.

But in order to prepare for those fixes, the state-run transit agency must do some extra work on the tracks ahead of time, requiring nightly L-train service between the Broadway Junction station on the Bushwick–Cypress Hills border and Manhattan to stop on Mondays through Fridays between 10:45 pm and 5 am, from Jan. 28 through March 18.

“As part of the revised L project, we’re still moving forward on the long-term reliability improvement work we had originally planned. This includes installing brand new rail in the tunnel and along other critical sections of the L line, and preparing key switches and signals. For you, this means our track will be safer and trains will run faster and smoother, and that we’ll have the right signals to run the one-track operation come April,” read a press release the Authority issued on Friday. “This work requires full track access because of how the track installation and signal work is implemented.”

In addition to the weeknight closures, previously announced mini-shutdowns will stop full L-train service on seven weekends in February and March — including Feb. 1-4, Feb. 8–11, Feb. 15–19, Feb. 22–25, March 1–4, March 8–11, and March 15–18, when no trains will run between Manhattan and Broadway Junction from 10:45 pm on Fridays until 5 am on Mondays. Full L train service will also be suspended on Monday, Feb. 18, President’s Day, as part of the line’s closure that weekend.

Straphangers displaced by the subway’s weeknight and weekend closures can alternatively take the A, F, J, or M lines, or hop on any of five shuttle buses that will run when the subway is not.

Two of the buses will run on weeknights, with one making stops at every L train station between Broadway Junction and Lorimer Street, and then connecting riders with the J train at Marcy Avenue station, and the other running a loop between the Marcy Avenue and Hewes Street J stations, the Broadway and Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue G stations, and the Bedford Avenue L station.

And three more will run during the weekend closures, with one shuttling riders between Broadway Junction and the M train at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue station, the second running between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue and the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue G station, and the third stopping at the Marcy Avenue and Hewes Street J and M stations, the Broadway and Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue G stations, and the Bedford Avenue L station.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 8:12 pm, January 25, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
And it's going to happen in the next two to three years or so, all thanks to the superficial and hypocritical Governor Crony. He's aspiring to run for president in 2020, which is not surprising.
Jan. 26, 11:31 am
Jay from Manhattan says:
2 million for 1000 sq ft pop-up apartment in Greenpoint. Bwahhahahah
Jan. 27, 12:21 pm
TRACEY from CROWN HEIGHTS says:
The weekend and overnight suspensions were done on other lines of the subway system and over a period of time, what makes L riders so special?? they 7 line, 4 & 5 lines even the Q & R lines did it. That was the proposal long ago in the beginning of the repairs and because they moaned the "shutdown" was looked at. They need to be happy that there will still be some sort of service for the line.
Jan. 28, 11:18 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
TRACEY is right about this, plus that tunnel needs to get fixed in some way and form, and the time they are doing won't affect that many unless anyone is working a late night shift and needs that line in which they can use shuttle buses and alternative lines to getting around.
Jan. 28, 3:29 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
No one in Iowa or New Hampshire cares about what happens with the L train. And there is less than no appetite for a Cuomo presidential bid. None of this has anything to do with the 2020 race. This is all about Cuomo trying to help his real estate buddies (donors) move product in Williamsburg. G-d forbid they have to wait three years to cash in.
Jan. 28, 7:09 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I love Tal! I want him to be inside me more often.
Jan. 29, 7:01 pm

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