The L Train
The Upcoming L Train Closure
On July 25th 2016, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that the L Train will shut down from Manhattan to Brooklyn for 18 months starting in 2019. This shutdown is planned in order to repair damages caused by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.
While this will be the largest disruption in New York’s history of public transit, without these repairs there would be the possibility of disastrous unplanned service disruptions and a risk to rider safety. According to the Observer, the year and a half closure is the best construction option and offers the least amount of pain to customers for the shortest period of time,. The goal is to complete the repairs as quickly as possible to limit the inconvenience to riders.
Those commuting into Manhattan from many parts of Brooklyn will have drastically increased travel times during the shutdown since there are few transfer points that connect these neighborhoods besides the L. The commute from Williamsburg into Manhattan is currently about a 25-minute subway ride that is only made possible by the L Train. Williamsburg owes much of its residential desirability to its close proximity to Manhattan but without the L Train the East River may as well be the Atlantic Ocean. Without the L’s Bedford Ave stop, the commute from Williamsburg to Manhattan, and vice versa, will be greatly impacted.
One of the most pressing issues is the need for alternative routes. Some lawmakers are pushing to make Manhattan’s 14th Street a car-free and bus-only zone for the duration of the project, according to the Gothamist. The MTA is planning to implement alternatives for commuters during the closure including shuttle bus services and expanded ferry service. However, the MTA is only beginning the process of developing alternative service plans and even once it’s planned out it still figures to be a huge inconvenience compared to the subway. A ferry in the winter? Yikes.
Stay tuned as we will be making updates to this page as more information on the L Train shut down becomes available.
StuyTown residents can take comfort in knowing they will not be significantly affected by the L Train closure. For those who are looking to relocate into Manhattan before the L Train shuts down, please contact our leasing office for more information on available units in the StuyTown community. Making StuyTown your next home will place you in the heart of Manhattan while still being surrounded by 80 acres of greenery you can call your own backyard. Plus, it will put you right next to the East Village and all of the trendy restaurants, boutiques, and shops that it has to offer. Our apartments are no fee, spacious, and newly renovated with lots of amenities and perks for our residents to take advantage including basketball courts, playgrounds, 5-star concierge services, a private café, full-service fitness center, pet friendly policies, on-site parking, community events, and much more.