October 30, 2018
MTA New York City Transit & NYCDOT Announce New Schedule Details for L Tunnel Reconstruction Project
Starting in January, Customers Can Expect Series of Open Houses, Pop-Up Events and Mobile Information Centers to Help Plan Routes Using New Alternate Transportation Options Ahead of April 27, 2019, Tunnel Closure
MTA New York City Transit (MTA NYC Transit) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) today announced new details about what customers can expect ahead of April 2019 when the train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn is closed for 15 months for extensive repairs from Superstorm Sandy, with service running in Brooklyn between the Bedford Av and Canarsie Rockaway Parkway Stations.
“We’re continuing unprecedented efforts at public outreach, responding to local communities and giving as much notice as possible on key dates in this project,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “With the running as a Brooklyn-only service for 15 months starting after the weekend of April 27, we’ve been hard at work with our partners at NYCDOT and other City agencies to make sure that the alternate train, bus, ferry and bicycle networks work together to get people around successfully.”
“With DOT crews now putting down new street markings for bus lanes and bike lanes, we are deeply committed to having our streets ready for the tunnel closure next April,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “From a ‘bus bridge’ over the Williamsburg Bridge to the 14th Street Busway, from more Citi Bikes to expanded pedestrian space for displaced train commuters, we and our MTA partners are up for this enormous challenge.”
For a reminder about remaining service changes in 2018, visit the L 2018 service notice page. To help customers plan ahead in 2019, new service information details about the in 2019 include:
o Feb 2-3
o Feb 9-10
o Feb 16-17
o Feb 23-24
o Mar 2-3
o Mar 9-10
o Mar 16-17
o April 27-28
ABOUT THE TUNNEL RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
The tunnel – also known as the Canarsie Tunnel – was one of nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive rehabilitation and repair. The tunnel, which houses the under-river subway tracks for the line between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was flooded with enough water to fill 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools and suffered extensive damage to tracks, signals, switches, power cables, signal cables, communication cables, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls throughout a 7,100-foot-long flooded section of both tubes. Bench walls throughout those sections must be rehabilitated to protect the structural integrity of the tubes. While short-term repairs enabled NYC Transit to safely restore service after Sandy, long-term repairs are needed to run service without major failures.
NYC Transit began public outreach on the tunnel reconstruction project in 2016, with more than 100 public workshops, neighborhood town halls and meetings with community boards, elected officials, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to plan the project and proposed service mitigation, and to solicit public feedback on how best to accommodate approximately 225,000 riders who currently take the train between Manhattan and Brooklyn and the 50,000 riders who take the in Manhattan.
The result of the extensive public outreach was a comprehensive package of temporary service alternatives that include:
NYC Transit continues to solicit feedback and plans to make adjustments to the alternate service plans if needed.
In addition to rebuilding the tunnel, NYC Transit also plans to make improvements at several stations as well as other stations that will be used by customers seeking alternative service.
Information on the train tunnel repairs, the alternate service changes and the station improvement projects are available at http://mta.info/LTunnelReconstruction.