The L-train will not run between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 weekends
L train stop at Bedford; via Roshan Vyas on Flickr
The MTA announced on Saturday that the L train will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn over 15 weekends. Between this coming weekend and mid-April, the L will only operate between Broadway Junction and Carnasie-Rockaway Parkway during specific weekends. As Gothamist reported, this “pre-shutdown shutdown” will prepare for the 15-month shutdown of the L-train scheduled to begin sometime in April.
Looks like the L is shutting down every weekend in October, February, and most of March (plus a bunch of other weekends) to prep for the *actual* shutdown to “ensure project duration stays within 15 months.” pic.twitter.com/e3oket7Gdd
— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) August 6, 2018
“Our crews are working hard on track and signal infrastructure during periods of lower ridership so that while the L train tunnel is reconstructed and we run in Brooklyn only next year, it’s the most reliable service we can deliver on the line,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a press release published over the weekend.
The Saturday-Sunday closures will begin this weekend but the train will resume regular weekend service until October. However, the L-train will not run between the two boroughs on six weekends in October and November, as well as eight weekends in February, March and April.
The MTA has said the L-train shutdown will begin in April 2019, but no specific start date has officially been announced. NYC Transit is running shuttle buses in Brooklyn and “enhancing subway and bus service in Manhattan and Brooklyn,” according to the agency.
For the planned tunnel closure in April, the city will provide Select Bus Service on 14th Street, which officials estimate will carry 50,000 additional daily riders. The crosstown buses will be scheduled no more than two minutes apart during peak hours, and car traffic will be limited.