It all began in the summer, when the MTA announced that there would be fifteen weekend shutdowns of the L Train between August and next April. Fifteen! Thanks MTA!
With October approaching, the interruptions are almost upon us. There will be no service between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 4 weekends in October, 2 in November, 4 in February, and 3 in March. The the fun really begins in April of 2019 when the official 15-month shutdown begins.
2018 service interruption dates:
From the MTA’s August release:
MTA New York City Transit announced that track and signal maintenance and improvements, as well as station improvements and other work, will be performed on the L line from 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, August 13, during which time L trains will operate only between Broadway Junction and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkwy. Shuttle buses, additional train service and additional local bus service will provide travel alternatives to customers.
Next weekend’s work will help prepare the L line for reliable service when the L tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan is reconstructed in 2019 and L service will run in Brooklyn only. There will be six more weekends of this type of proactive maintenance and preparatory work on different parts of the L line in October and November.
“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,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “We thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we perform this important work that will not only improve service today but is also critical to ensuring next year’s reconstruction project goes as smoothly as possible.”
In addition to extensive track and signal work on the L line, this year’s preparatory weekend work will focus on preparing the tunnel and project entry sites, as well as the infrastructure above and around the tunnel. Preparatory digging of elevator shafts and entrances will be conducted at the 1 Av station, to allow for the transfer of construction materials during next year’s tunnel reconstruction. Track and signal infrastructure at Bedford Av will also be rebuilt to ensure that trains can reliably turn around there and proactive track maintenance will be performed to ensure reliable service during next year’s Brooklyn-only L train service.
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