It is time. A date has just been set as the beginning of the 15-month-long L train shutdown.
It’s been known for a while now that the train would cease its services as of April 2019, but many felt it might be pushed back further (as it has in the past) and some New Yorkers were even suing to keep the trains from shutting down at all. However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority just announced that services will officially stop on April 27, 2019.
To alleviate some of the congestion that will inevitably occur due to this shutdown, the city has created ferry services, will add more trains to other subway lines, and expects a majority of the 225,000 people that use the train to now use other subway lines. Needless to say this is less than ideal for anyone who currently relies on the L train for their work commute. The trains will not run between Bedford Avenue through Eighth Avenue for 15 months.