L Train

L Train Repairs Expected to Wrap April 2020

L train (courtesy of MTA)

Repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel on the L train subway line will be completed in spring 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last weekend in a press conference at the Bedford Avenue station.

Rendering of the renovated Bedford Avenue station (courtesy of MTA)

April 2020 is the new expected completion date, a full three months ahead of schedule. The project includes a full renovation of the Bedford Avenue station.


Cuomo took the opportunity to scorn the naysayers during the announcement, the NY Post reports: Continue reading

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L Train Commuter Exposed Himself: NYPD

The L train suspect via NYPD Crime Stoppers

A man exposed himself to a woman while riding on the L train earlier this month and is wanted for public lewdness, according to NYPD.

The incident happened on a northbound L train near the Graham Avenue station on September 16, at 5:30 a.m. when the suspect exposed himself while sitting across from the woman, NYPD says. Continue reading

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No Overnight L Train Service Starting Tonight Through 10/6

Courtesy of MTA

The L train will not be in service between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting tonight (9/23) through 10/6, the MTA announced.

Service will also be disrupted overnight on one weekend in October and during all weekends in January, according to the MTA’s L Project Weekly newsletter: Continue reading

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New L Train Closures Coming in September

The L Train (when in operation) (via MTA)

The L train will not run between Broadway Junction in Brooklyn and 8th Avenue in Manhattan beginning at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, September 13th and ending the following Monday (September 16th) at 5 a.m., the MTA announced on Wednesday.

The new closures are related to an escalator installation at the Union Square subway station and are not to be confused with the regularly scheduled closures that are a result of the Canarsie Tunnel repairs. Continue reading

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L Station Repair Spending Projected to Double as MTA Takes Different Track

An L Train entering the Eighth Avenue station. Photo: Jose Martinez/THE CITY

L train riders were spared shutdown for more than a year at the last minute in January, but other construction work pushed back by the change of plans is looming — and costs are booming.

The projected price tag for structural repairs at the L’s five Manhattan stations along 14th Street could nearly double — from $43.8 million to $77.8 million — MTA documents project.

An MTA spokesperson said some of that work would have begun during the now-canceled full-time shutdown of the L’s Canarsie tunnel in the East River, as part of a “piggybacking” onto repairs in the tunnel.

But reports that provide updates on MTA capital projects now show that a bid opening previously scheduled for May 2019 has been postponed until January 2020 to “re-examine the scope of the work in light of the changed service plan of the Canarsie Tube.”

There is no timetable for when the bulk of repairs will begin to fix steel defects in station columns, beams and braces, as well as work to repair leaks and concrete defects in walls and ceilings.

The work could potentially have impacts on riders, the MTA acknowledges, as crews come in to shore up nearly century-old stations. Continue reading

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B91A Bus to Replace Two “Williamsburg Link” Buses Starting Saturday (6/8)

(via MTA)

To help remedy the disrupted commute for L train riders during the partial shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn for Canarsie Tunnel repairs, the MTA introduced two bus routes, the B91 and B92, which have turned out to be a flop.

Beginning this Saturday, the MTA will introduce the B91A bus to replace the B91 and B92 buses in response to low ridership where “two or three riders per trip,” are the norm, NY1 reports.

The soon-to-be former Williamsburg Link buses shuttle subway riders between the Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street L subway stations en route to the Marcy Avenue J and M station.

According to the weekly L train newsletter:

  • The new route will be shorter and focused on connecting the Marcy Av Station with the Bedford Ave area.
  • It will have two new stops—one on Driggs Ave at Grand St and another on Roebling St at Grand St—for a total of four stops.
  • The new route will run every 8 minutes during busiest times, and will keep the current late night and early morning frequencies as is (every 10 minutes).
  • The bus will still be free.
  • The new route also helps you connect to other buses: Customers going between Metropolitan Av/Lorimer St and Marcy Av Stations can take the B24 bus for a direct connection between the two stations. Customers going between Metropolitan Av/Lorimer St and Bedford Av can take the Q59 to the B91A at Grand St.

 

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L Train Non-Shutdown Starts 4/26

 

We are just a week away from the Cuomo non-shutdown of the L train, as the unreviewed Canarsie Tunnel repair plan officially starts April 26 to fix the damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy, with expected completion in the summer of 2020.

Starting Friday (4/26), commuters between Brooklyn and Manhattan can expect L service to slow to 20-minute increments beginning at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on weeknights; more details on the non-shutdown from the MTA:

Weekdays5 AM to 10 PMRegular L service, reducing at 8 PM
Weeknights10 PM to 1:30 AMReduced L service
Weeknights1:30 AM to 5 AMRegular L service (every 20 minutes)
Weekends6 AM to 1:30 AMReduced L service
Weekend nights1:30 AM to 6 AMRegular L service (every 20 minutes)

With the revised approach, L customers will have normal service during the highest ridership times.

Weeknights: 8 PM to 5 AM L trains run every 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan and every 10 minutes within Brooklyn. Service will ramp down starting at 8 PM to make room for work trains. Overnight, between 1:30 AM and 5 AM, the service runs at its normal frequency, with L trains running every 20 minutes.

Weekends: 8 PM Friday until 5 AM Monday, L trains run 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and every 10 minutes within Brooklyn. Overnight, between 1:30 AM and 5 AM, service runs at its normal frequency, with L trains running every 20 minutes.

L trains will run every 10 minutes within Brooklyn thanks to extra “overlay” trains between Lorimer St and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy. We’ll be running these trains during the busiest times L service is impacted by tunnel work (10 PM- 1:30 AM weeknights and 6 AM to 1:30 AM weekends). Service on the L will be reduced nights and weekends. We’ll be enhancing M, G, 7, and bus service to provide alternatives.

The new alternative service map (via MTA)

To compensate for reduced L train service, The MTA says it plans to increase the frequency of G, M and 7 trains:

M service

Weeknights, we’ll extend the hours of normal weekday service into Manhattan, between 10PM and 1:30 AM. After 10 PM on weeknights, we’ll extend M service up to 96 St-2 Av on the Q , instead of to Queens Blvd.

Weekends, we’ll extend service from Essex St to 96 St-2 Av. M trains will run every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes during the day.

G service

Weeknights we’ll be running 5 additional G trips between 8:30 PM and 1:30 AM. On weekends, trains will run every 8 minutes instead of every 10 minutes during the day.

7 service

Weeknights, we’ll run 5 additional trips from 8:30 PM to midnight. On weekends, 7 trains will continue to run every 4 to 7 ½ minutes.

New free transfers

  • Between Livonia St on the L and Junius St on the 3

  • Between Hewes St/Lorimer St on the J and M and Broadway on the G

A new “Williamsburg Link” bus will run between the Bedford L station and the Hewes Street J/M station stopping at the Metropolitan Avenue G/L station and Marcy Avenue J/M station en route.

We are introducing a new bus, the Williamsburg Link. It will operate on two routes, one clockwise (B92) and one counterclockwise (B91). This bus will provide double the bus service we normally do when there is no L service during weekend and weeknight construction work.

These buses provide connection between:

  • the Bedford Av L,
  • Metropolitan Av- Lorimer St G / L,
  • Marcy Av J / M, and
  • Hewes St J /M (B92 only).

Weekday nights

B91B92
8 PM-9 PMEvery 9 minutesEvery 9 minutes
9 PM-12 AMEvery 5 minutesEvery 5 minutes
12 AM-5 AMEvery 10 minutesEvery 10 minutes

Weekends

B91B92
5 AM-8 AMEvery 10 minutesEvery 10 minutes
8 AM-10 PMEvery 3 minutesEvery 3 minutes
10 PM-12 AMEvery 5 minutesEvery 5 minutes
12 AM-1:30 AMEvery 10 minutesEvery 10 minutes

The M14A regular bus service in Manhattan will run every four to five minutes across 14th Street from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and to the Delancey-Essex J/M station every seven to ten minutes.

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No Overnight L Train Between Brooklyn and Manhattan 4/15 – 4/26

(Courtesy of The All-Nite Images)

There will be no L train service between Lorimer Street in Brooklyn and 8th Avenue in Manhattan 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m., from April 15th to April 26th, according to the MTA.

April 15 – April 26
10:30 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri

No L overnight

What’s the work? As part of the revised L project, we’re still moving forward with the long-term reliability improvement work we had originally planned. This includes installing signal equipment. For you this means that we’ll have the right signals ready to run the one-track operation in April. We’ll also take this time to prepare the tunnel for the rehabilitation work, delivering materials, pulling fiber optic cable and installing tunnel lights so we can work efficiently during the one track operation.

What should customers do? If you’re traveling between Brooklyn and Manhattan, you can take the A , F, or J. For Manhattan L stations, you can take the M14 bus. In Brooklyn, the L will still operate between Lorimer St and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkway. Free shuttle buses will loop between Lorimer St G/L, Bedford Av, Marcy Av J, and Hewes St J.

Here are the key transfer points to remember during this service change:

Broadway Junction for the A, J or L
Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av for the L, G or shuttle bus
Marcy Av for the J or shuttle bus
14 St-8 Av for the A, E or the M14
14 St -6 Av for the F or M14
Delancey-Essex Sts for the F, J or M14A
The G operates in two sections:

Between Court Square and Bedford/Nostrand Avs
Between Bedford/Nostrand Avs and Hoyt/Schermerhorn, every 20 minutes.

The next MTA L train open house is Monday, Apr 8th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the 14th Street Y, (344 E 14th St.).

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Second L Train Open House is Wednesday (3/13) in Williamsburg

(Courtesy of Salim Virji/Flickr)

The MTA is hosting its second L train open house tomorrow (3/13) at the Williamsburg Northside School (299 N. 7th St.) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Two additional L train open house sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 19: Grand Street Campus High School, (850 Grand St.), and on Monday, April 8: (14th St. Y), 344 E 14 St.

The current L train reconstruction plan is thin on finalized details, but a night and weekend repair schedule beginning April 26th where the L train runs in 20-minute increments between Manhattan and Brooklyn is expected. To help mitigate the problem, the MTA would like L train commuters to reconsider their station: Continue reading

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MTA to Host First of Four L Train Open Houses Tonight (3/7)

The MTA is hosting the first of four open houses focused on the L train tonight (3/7) at Our Lady of Guadalupe St. Bernard at 328 W 14 St. in Manhattan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The other three open houses are also scheduled from 6-8 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, March 13: Williamsburg Northside School, 299 N 7th St.
  • Tuesday, March 19: Grand Street Campus High School, 850 Grand St.
  • Monday, April 8: 14th St Y, 344 E 14 St.

The L train is currently undergoing service disruptions on nights and weekends through March 18, and while a night and weekend repair schedule is expected to be implemented for approximately 15 to 18 months during repairs scheduled to start this spring, a final plan has yet to be approved. Continue reading

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