First they came for Brooklyn L train riders, and we said nothing… Now, the MTA’s cold grip of death is tightening around L train commuters in Manhattan as well. Might want to reconsider that Citi Bike membership!
If both sides of the Canarsie Tube are in fact shut down for Hurricane Sandy-related repairs in late 2018, it might not just be inter-borough commuters that suffer. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that, due to the fact that L trains are unable to reach a train yard in Manhattan for maintenance and repairs, trains may not run in that borough at all during the period.
Though MTA officials have been incredibly vague about how long repairs to the tunnels will last, current estimates suggest that a full closure would take two years and partial night-and-weekend tours could last for up to seven.
The Regional Plan Association is currently proposing express bus service with dedicated right of way along 14th Street to partially make up for the potential loss of service.