Set your doomsday gauges: The L-Bahn shutdown has a start date.
The highly disruptive closure of the L-Service to and through Manhattan begins on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
While it was a long time planned In April, no official launch date was known. The MTA and the city announced the news on Tuesday in a press release after the MTA started informing politicians.
"We are continuing unprecedented publicity efforts, responding to local communities, and giving as much notice as we can to important dates on this project," NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement. "After spending only 15 months as a Brooklyn service after the weekend of April 27, we worked hard with our partners at NYCDOT and other city agencies to make sure that the alternative train, bus, ferry and bike networks become networks work together to reach people successfully. "
The train continues to travel from Bedford Avenue to the Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway stations, but more than 225,000 L-train drivers rely on the Manhattan-Brooklyn route will be displaced. The MTA plans to increase the subway service on the nearby lines ̵
The city, in turn, operates a 17-hour bus service on 14th Street, where the L runs in Manhattan and has begun to improve the cycling infrastructure on both sides of the Williamsburg Bridge for riders using two wheels to work. The MTA and DOT scrapped plans to introduce 14-th street bus restrictions on January 6, and will do so on Sunday, April 21. The MTA returned this change to DOT, which did not give reasons for the new
"As the DOT crews are now creating new road lanes for bus lanes and bike lanes, we are determined to have our roads ready for the closure of the tunnel next April DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement. "From a 'bus bridge' across the Williamsburg Bridge to the 14th Street Busway, from more Citi bikes to an expanded pedestrianized expatriate, we and our MTA partners are ready for this tremendous challenge."
In preparation for the redevelopment of the Canary Tunnel under the East River, which was heavily flooded during the superstorm Sandy, the MTA will continue its overnight stay and weekend closures over the coming months – until it closes in April. The agency has a website with the latest service changes.