In the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) effort to repair the damage done to subway tunnels by Superstorm Sandy, L train riders will be put out of commission and left to figure out new ways to get around.
While this news is nothing new and has been discussed widely since 2015, repair talks are now getting more confusing than ever. On average 400,000 people ride the L train daily and now the MTA is trying to decide from two potentially painful scenarios, which will affect those riders less. The two possible plans include the L train to be closed entirely for 18 months — halting all Manhattan service through the tunnel but leaving Brooklyn tunnel service from January 2019 to July 2020 or offering extremely limited service all-together for three years. With the limited service the Manhattan leg service to run from Eighth Ave. to Bedford Ave. and Lorimer St. stations in Brooklyn.
Special accommodations will be made for displaced riders including extra service on M,J, and G lines, faster Select Bus service routes across 14th, 23rd and 34th Streets and a new ferry dock at 20th Street for service from N. 7th Street in Williamsburg.
The MTA will present both options in the first of two public hearings on tonight at 6p.m., in the Marcy Avenue Armory, 355 Marcy Ave., with another to be held in Manhattan.
The final decision will be made in the next few months.