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L Train Shutdown Will Begin on April 27, MTA Announces

Canarsie Tunnel in 2012 (MTA)

Oct. 30, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan

A date has been set for the impending L-pocalypse.

The MTA announced today that the Canarsie tunnel will officially close on April 27, 2019 for 15-months worth of Superstorm Sandy-related repairs.

The last day of service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, however, will be the day prior on April 26.

L train service in Brooklyn will remain between Bedford Ave. and Rockaway Parkway during the shutdown, but will have fewer trains running as a result.

Along with the shutdown comes several new transportation options to accommodate the 225,000 riders who commute on the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan every day, which the MTA has announced starting dates for.

Five additional bus routes will be added, as well as a new M14 Select Bus Service and a ferry running between Stuyvesant Cove at East 20th Street and N 6th Street in Williamsburg. Service on these new routes will begin on April 21.

More than 1,000 round trips will be added to commuter lines, with the majority of those trips being added to the G, M, E and 7 lines, additionally. Riders can expect to see extra trips on April 28.

City streets, additionally, will see changes to help ease traffic flow and movement during the shutdown, as outlined in the mitigation plan released by the MTA and NYC Department of Transportation.

“With DOT crews now putting down new street markings for bus lanes and bike lanes, we are deeply committed to having our streets ready for the L tunnel closure next April,” said Polly Trottenberg, DOT Commissioner.

To further ease the transition, the MTA and NYC Department of Transportation will be running a a series of open houses, pop-up events and mobile information centers to help riders plan their new routes.
Riders will be able meet in person with MTA and DOT employees at the open houses and pop-up events starting in January to figure out what new route will work best for them.

Three mobile information centers—two vans and a bus—will also be making stops around the city to offer the same service. Dates and times for the events will be available on the L train construction website.

The announcement comes as the city continues to prepare for the upcoming shutdown through station and street closures, including work along Bedford Avenue.

The city, however, says most barricades will be removed on Bedford Avenue by early November 2018, but work on adding stair capacity and other station changes will continue throughout early 2019.

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