October is near, and with it comes a mini L train shutdown.
The MTA announced last month that there would be 15 weekends of L train shutdowns leading up to the official 15-month shutdown that will begin April 2019. Of those 15, four will take place next month when service is stopped during every weekend in October.
The train service will be suspended between 8th Avenue and Myrtle/Wyckoff—giving us a small taste of what the official shutdown will be like come next spring. During these mini-shutdown weekends, the L train service will be replaced with extra M14A buses in Manhattan, and free shuttle buses in Brooklyn. The shuttles will follow the train route between Myrtle/Wyckoff and Lorimer Street, and also between Broadway Junction and Myrtle/Wyckoff.
So take advantage of the service this weekend, as it will be your last easy commute until November! And this is just weekend service…we can’t even imagine what it’ll be like once the train shuts down during the work week. Back in August one alternative bus route underwent a test run with locals officials, and it quickly snowballed into two-hour-long commuting mess.
The silver lining: this does give locals an opportunity to start planning and testing their new routes before the official shutdown.