MTA to discuss alternate routes for upcoming L train closure

Ridgewood, N.Y. – The MTA will hold an open house to commuters who have questions about the upcoming L train reconstruction project.

The open house will take place at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council located at 59-03 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

With the temporary shut down of the L train, Ridgewood could have the most affected commuters in Queens.

The Canarsie Tunnel will close for 15 months beginning April 2019. The tunnel needs extensive repairs after being flooded with saltwater during Superstorm Sandy, causing corrosion of cabling, circuit breakers and power and track equipment. Repairs are necessary as a precaution to keeping the tunnel from becoming dangerous.

Though the L train runs through a small section of Queens between Wilson Avenue and Halsey Street, thousands of Ridgewood residents use it as a main line into Manhattan. Commuters also come to the L line via the M train which runs through Ridgewood and Middle Village and connects with the L train at the Myrtle/Wyckoff Avenue stop.

The M train is currently preparing for increased volume next year. These upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

During the L line closure, the L train will continue to run between Bedford Avenue and Canarsie in Brooklyn, but some 200,000 commuters will have to find another route into Manhattan during this time.

The MTA has developed a mitigation plan for alternative travel options. The agency discussed the plan with the Community Board 5 Transportation Services Committee at the end of February.

The mitigation plan outlines that subway service will increase on the G, J, M and Z trains. The J and Z lines will run local from Myrtle Avenue to Marcy Avenue. The M trains will run up to 96th Street and Second Avenue on weekends and overnights.

Free MetroCard transfers will be given between the following locations:

-The Broadway stop of the G train and the Lorimer Street/Hewes Street stop of the J, M and Z trains

-The Junius Street stop of the 3 train and the Livonia Avenue stop of the L train

-The 21st Street stop of the G train and the Hunters Point Avenue stop of the 7 train

Bus service will be expanded with additional buses running from the Grand Street and Bedford Avenue stops from the L train into Manhattan over the Williamsburg Bridge. The bridge will be restricted to buses, trucks and HOV 3+ only, to adjust to increased traffic volume.

Ferry service will be offered between the north Williamsburg shore and the east side of Manhattan. There are no immediate plans for buses to drop passengers off at the ferry.

Open houses to discuss alternate routes have already been held in Williamsburg and Manhattan.

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