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The L Train is not actually shutting down, and these family nabes can rejoice!

The L Train is not actually shutting down, and these family nabes can rejoice!
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/Dmitry Filipovych

It appears the impending Lpocalypse has met its demise. 

News broke today that the L Train shutdown, which was scheduled to begin April 27 and last for 15 months, will no longer happen, according to The New York Times. Gov Cuomo proposed last-minute changes to the plan New Yorkers had been worrying about for roughly two years, which includes an alternative: having workers tackle the project on nights and weekends.

Families who live along the line (roughly 275,000 people) will be pleased to know that they won't have to concoct alternative routes to get to their favorite places in Brooklyn and Queens (the L runs from 14th St in Manhattan to Canarsie, Brooklyn)—and, perhaps most importantly, many parent-commuters will maintain their usual daily trip to jobs in Manhattan (and from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens), free of messy bus and shuttle service alternatives. Those in Ridgewood, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, East New York, Brownsville and Canarsie all have one thing in common: They are (at least for now) breathing a collective sign of relief!

It's not entirely clear at this time how the MTA will proceed fixing the line that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy beyond an untested plan,  The Verge reports, but we hope a new—and less sticky—solution will present itself in the future.

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