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The L Train will officially shut down on April 27

October 30, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
L train commuters work their way across a crowded subway platform. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The L train’s days are numbered.

The MTA announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited, long-dreaded shutdown will commence on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

It has been public knowledge for over a year now that the L would halt all trips over the East River in April 2019, but until now, the specific day hadn’t been released.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement that the MTA was “continuing unprecedented efforts at public outreach, responding to local communities and giving as much notice as possible on key fates in this project.” Byford added that city agencies were hard at work “to make sure that alternate train, bus, ferry and bicycle networks work together to get people around successfully.”

The planned additional subway service, which promises to add 1,000 new round trips to cross-borough routes, will begin on Sunday, April 28. Alternative ferry and bus options will begin a bit earlier, on Sunday, April 21.

Work on improving cycling infrastructure at each end of the Williamsburg Bridge is also underway.  

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