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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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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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Coalition to Voice Concerns About L Train Mitigation Plans Tomorrow (3/1) at Brooklyn Bowl

The L Train Coalition, “a group of engaged stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens” will meet to call on the MTA and Department of Transportation for “better, safer L train alternatives” tomorrow (3/1) at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) at 10 a.m.

Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will meet with the public and give their feedback on recent developments regarding the L train.

The MTA announced its “Alternative Service Plan” earlier this month for construction on the Canarsie Tunnel to take place during nights and weekends, when L trains will run every 20 minutes from Bedford Ave to Manhattan.

The work will start on April 26, and is estimated to last 15 – 20 months. The previous plans to lengthen the G train and provide shuttle buses across the Williamsburg Bridge are not included in the new plan, but service will increase on the G, M and 7 subway lines.

L service changes are currently scheduled through March 18th according to the MTA:

Weeknights
Jan 28 – March 18, approx. 10:45 PM to 5 AM, Monday to Friday
L trains will not run between Broadway Junction and 8 Av.

Weekends
Mar 15-18, Appx. 10:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday
There will be no L trains between 8 Av and Broadway Junction

Why can’t trains run overnight and on weekends during the track and signal work in February and March, like they will during the revised version of the L Project?
As you know, there are multiple pieces of the L Project. The part of the project that was revised was the tunnel rehabilitation work—which is great news for many customers since we’ll have L service 24/7, even with reduced service while we run a single-track operation during overnights and weekends.

For this overnight and weekend times in February and March, we’re focused on long-term reliability improvement work. Here are a few highlights of what we’ll be doing:

Removing and replacing all existing 16,000 feet of rails, plates and the ties supporting the track
Relocating and replacing cables
Rebuilding Bedford Av switches to be ready to support the one-track operation starting in April
Installing continuous welded rail at Bushwick-Aberdeen, between Jefferson and DeKalb, at Montrose and from Lorimer to Graham
The work requires full service closures because:

Track work: In order to perform the rail, plate and tie replacement, we use specialized track equipment that needs the full track access.
Switch work: The tracks south of Bedford Av have an “interlocking plant,” also known as a “double crossover,” which is what allows us to switch trains from one track to another. The switches and signals that form this interlocking are located on both tracks.

 

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G Subway Line to See Night and Weekend Service Changes 3/18 – 4/26

(Courtesy of NewYork86)

The MTA announced that the previously scheduled northbound bypass of the Greenpoint Avenue G station during March is “no longer necessary,” and due to “track maintenance” the G train will have night and weekend service disruptions starting March 18 through April 26, when free shuttle bus service will be provided.

The service changes listed below begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Fridays and end at approximately 5:00 a.m. Monday for weekend work, and from 9:45 p.m. to approximately 5:00 a.m. the following morning during weeknights:

March 18-22 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 22-25 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 25-29 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 29-April 1 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 1-5 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 5-8 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 8-12 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 12-15 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 15-19 (weeknights)
G service operates in two sections: Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets

April 19-22 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Jay Street and Court Square; transfer at Jay Street to take southbound F service replacing G trains

April 22-26 (weeknights)
G service operates in two sections: Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets

 

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Tonight: ReversaL Public Forum on L Train Partial Shutdown at A/D/O

MTA employees using a pump train to pump water out of the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River in Nov 2012. The tunnel was flooded during the unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. (Courtesy of MTA / Patrick Cashin)

Tonight, a public forum on the partial shutdown of the L train entitled ReversaL will take place at A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) from 6:30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Admission is free and you can RSVP here. The URBAN-X YouTube Channel will host footage of the event shortly after the talk.

Work on the Canarsie Tunnel is set to begin on April 26, with night and weekend service disruptions lasting 15 – 20 months. The previous plans to lengthen the G train and provide shuttle buses across the Williamsburg Bridge are not included in the new plan, but service will increase on the G, M and 7 subway lines and an MTA shuttle will run from Bedford Avenue to the J/M Marcy Avenue station and to the G/L Lorimer Street station on a loop.

Speakers at the ReversaL public forum include:

Greg Lindsay – Moderator – Urbanist in Residence at URBAN-X

Rodrigo Bautista – Principal Change Designer at Forum for the Future

Phil Jones – East Coast Senior Director at Lime

Benjamin Solotaire – Community Organizer, North Brooklyn & Director of Participatory Budgeting for Council Member Stephen Levin

Toby Moskovits – CEO at Heritage Equity Partners

Kate Slevin – Senior Vice President, State Programs and Advocacy, Regional Plan Association

 

 

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L Train Non-Shutdown Begins April 26 With Night and Weekend Service Changes

(Image courtesy of Roshan Vyas)

Five weeks after releasing a statement announcing that the L train shutdown is averted, the MTA announced its “Alternative Service Plan” for construction on the Canarsie Tunnel during nights and weekends, when L trains will run every 20 minutes from Bedford Ave to Manhattan.

The work would begin on April 26, and is estimated to last 15 – 20 months. The previous plans to lengthen the G train and provide shuttle buses across the Williamsburg Bridge are not included in the new plan, but service will increase on the G, M and 7 subway lines. An MTA shuttle will run from Bedford Avenue to the J/M Marcy Avenue station and to the G/L Lorimer Street station and back, according to amNew York.

According to NBC New York, the plan includes (and excludes):

  • Work on overnights/weekends begins the weekend of April 26;

  • The MTA does not anticipate closing 14th Street to vehicles, which would have happened under the previous plan;

  • The MTA is not  planning shuttle buses or HOV lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge;

  • The MTA is not planning shuttle buses or HOV lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge;

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. every night, L trains will run every 20 minutes;

  • The MTA recommends customers use other subway lines – the G/J/M especially;

  • The MTA will not be lengthening G trains as previously planned;

  • The MTA will run a “loop bus” from Bedford Avenue to those other subways;

  • concerned about crowding at First Avenue and Third Avenue in Manhattan. They are considering making those stations EXIT ONLY;

  • Work should last 15-20 months but an end date is unknown

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Northbound Trains Will Skip Greenpoint Avenue in March

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Service changes for the G train are slated to begin March 1, to make way for construction crews to install three elevators at the Greenpoint Ave stop, Councilmember Stephen Levin posted on Facebook:

We have some service changes to the G Train coming up as we make the line better. Here are the details

1. The next phase of the project to bring full ADA accessibility to the Greenpoint Avenue G station, including three new elevators and other accessibility features, will require round-the-clock track and platform access to construction crews. Beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019, northbound G trains will not stop at Greenpoint Avenue. Customers will be able to access the station by taking MTA NYC Transit bus service or taking a northbound G train to 21st Street in Queens and then back riding on a southbound G train to Greenpoint Avenue. There will be no change to southbound G service during this time at this station.

2. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019, southbound G trains will not stop at the Flushing Avenue G station. This southbound bypass is necessitated by an MTA NYC Transit flood prevention project at the station, as the staircase leading to/from the southbound platform of the station will be closed for the flood mitigation upgrade. Customers will be able to access this station by taking a southbound G train to Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues and then taking a northbound G train to Flushing Avenue. There will be no change to northbound G service during this time at this station.

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L Train Petroleum Stench Linked to Bushwick Avenue Gas Station Spills

The Shell gas station at 2 Bushwick Ave. in September 2017 (via Google Maps)

A shuttered Shell gas station at 2 Bushwick Ave. where five spills were reported from 1989 – 2006 is being identified as the potential source of the L train petroleum stench that has resulted in multiple sick passengers and workers since last week, NY Daily News reports.

The Dept. of Environmental Conservation received the spill reports from the former gas station owners whose business operated directly above the L train between Grand Street and Graham Avenue as recent as 2017.

The Shell gas station at 2 Bushwick Ave. in 2018 (via Google Maps)

The DEC is not officially placing the blame on the former gas station for the L train oil smell, the NY Daily News explains:

Transit officials said the tank was abandoned for more than 20 years after DEC officials opted not to remove it, citing its proximity to the subway tunnels. But their timeline may be off — fuel was sold at the gas station as recently as 2017.

DEC spokesman Sean Mahar said Monday that the agency had not yet identified a single source of last week’s disturbing odor, and that a comprehensive investigation into the issue was ongoing.

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, whose district includes the vacant station, said his office received very little communication from the MTA on the source of the L train stink.

“To make matters worse, the information we have received is conflicting and leaves many unanswered questions about the gravity of the situation and its impact on the health of the riders and residents,” said Reynoso. “This is especially angering and adds insult to injury when considering that north Brooklyn has a history of experiencing environmental injustices, specifically oil spills.”

 

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L Train Gas Odor Causes Sick Passengers, Service Disruptions

(Image courtesy of Jess Hawsor)

Following reports of a mysterious gas odor today, the L train is experiencing service disruptions between Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn and 1st Avenue in Manhattan, the MTA says.

Service has been partially suspended on the L train since early afternoon due to the fumes, which are attributed by the MTA to street-level waterproofing and diesel trains in the Canarsie tunnel last night.

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