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Why is this Happening?

Superstorm Sandy arrived in 2012 with storm surges unlike anything our great city has ever experienced, disrupting public transit service citywide. During the storm, saltwater flooded the L tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn, causing extensive damage to the core infrastructure of the tunnel.

Since then, the MTA and DOT have kept the L service running by fixing the most pressing issues, while also planning for the inevitable next step: rehabilitating the inside of the tunnel.

Ok. So what's the deal?

  • The L tunnel will close for 15 months, starting in April 2019

  • There will be no L service between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Bedford Ave in Brooklyn during that 15 months

  • However, the L will still run in Brooklyn, between Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway and Bedford Av. Bedford Av Station will remain open

 
 

What’s Next?

The good news is that this is an opportunity to do a lot more work beyond just the tunnel. So in addition to fixing the inside of the tunnel, there will also be other major improvements:

  • New elevators in several stations, so more customers have access

  • More trains running on the L, especially during peak hours, thanks to new power substations being built

  • More entrances and bigger stairwells for better access to and within stations - on the L and connecting lines, like the J, M, Z, G, and others

  • Escalators to and from the platform at Union Square, to help make it less congested

  • A rehabilitated tunnel designed to withstand future weather disasters

 
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Phase

July 2017 - April 2019

Preparation for tunnel rehabilitation, infrastructure upgrades in stations, maintenance on the L line tracks, and connecting lines including the J, M, Z and G

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April 2019 - July 2020

Rehabilitation of the L tunnel and continued work on Bedford Av and 1st Av Stations to improve accessibility and capacity.

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Phase

July 2020 - November 2020

Finalize power upgrade work to allow increased frequency of L service; complete work on stations and related elevator project at 14th St/6th Av.


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The Plan 

 
 

PROJECTED CROSS RIVER PATHS

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By Subway, Bus & Ferry:

  • More trains running on the E, F, G, J, M and 7 lines

  • Additional cars on the C and G trains

  • Five new bus routes introduced

  • Shuttle Ferry across the East River introduced

  • Newer, safer and more continuous bike lanes

  • More Citi Bikes available

 
 
 

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STREET REDESIGNS & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

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