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More L Train Closures as MTA Expands Construction

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Additional L train service interruptions are coming (Wikimedia Commons)

Sept. 9, 2019 By Ryanne Salzano

Additional L train closures will affect Brooklyn commuters this coming weekend, the MTA announced on Wednesday.

The L train will not run between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn from around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 through the weekend. The L train will resume service at 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. 

During the closure, the MTA will add an escalator to Union Square’s L train platform and work toward making three platforms at the 14 St-6 Av station handicap accessible with elevators. 

The escalator will help reduce congestion inside the station. Union Square’s L train platform is one of the busiest in the system, according to the MTA; about 18,700 straphangers use the platform in the morning, and 16,500 use it at night. 

The weekend closure is unrelated to the Canarsie Tunnel repairs and the L Project’s regularly scheduled reduced service on late nights and weekends. 

The tunnel repair project will cause further reduced service in the coming weeks, however. 

For two weeks starting Sept. 23 and ending Oct. 4, there will be no weeknight service between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, as the MTA connects new substations to power.

From midnight to 5 a.m., the L will still run between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Lorimer Street in Brooklyn every 20 minutes. From there, straphangers can transfer to a free shuttle bus that will connect to Broadway Junction, where the L pickups and continues service to Rockaway Parkway every 20 minutes. 

There also will be no L train service at 14th Street/ 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue in Manhattan on weeknights and weekends in October and November, though the exact dates are still pending. 

The L Project, and its primary goal of repairing the Canarsie tunnel, is expected to be completed by summer 2020. 

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