When Will the L Train Return From Its No-Longer-Watery Grave? [UPDATED] NOW!

UPDATE: We in there.



Yesterday, the MTA released that video on YouTube of Operation Save the L Train. The status of the subway's recovery is hopeful; as you can see, the tracks are bone dry, and MTA workers seem to be working around the clock to get the 14th Street-Brooklyn crosstown line up and running again. This video also helps to explain why every single night for the past four or five days, there is an army of engineers excavating the Bedford Avenue stop right near my apartment. It's like a Ladder 49 version of inter-borough mass transit.

But with the G train now back on track (PUN!), the question still lingers: When will we be reunited with the most crowded line in New York?

As of now, the MTA has provided no definitive date. And every blog story that has come out about the legendary L has skirted around the fact that nobody has any idea when it will return. Yes, we can hear the resounding "Ughs" from here about that information, and, yes, we know the J, M, Z alternative is like comparing apples and oranges.

But one must keep in mind that the L train had the worst flooding out of any East River tunnel -- this makes sense, given that the highest swells from the storm hit the shores of Alphabet City, right where the L snakes under. So seeing the dryness in this video is a sight we should all welcome.

Luckily, the MTA has made it clear that this pesky nor'easter ain't stoppin' nothin':


For the time being, you can check out all the subways that are running here. You'll notice that the L train is still not shaded. One day, it will be. We don't know when but either us or these guys will be the first to tell you.

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nada
nada

What happened to the N train? not a word about it on the news!! half of the stations in Brooklyn are without service on that line, are we invisible here in Gravesend/Coney Island?

ambenzion
ambenzion

I'm sure that if they could run from Lorimer to Rockaway that they would. I doubt that they would hold up operation if they didn't have to. It's a loss of revenue for them.

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shocksternyc
shocksternyc

They run L trains from Lorimer to Rockaway all the time when they're doing tunnel repairs. They don't have to turn around - they just reverse direction at Lorimer. Not understanding why that can't happen now.

christa.heschke
christa.heschke

The MTA is saying that the reason they're not running L trains up to Bedford or Lorimer is because there is no place for them to turn around. And not to get anyone too excited but this morning they were running an empty L train (testing the line I suppose), when I went to the G this morning at Lorime St. I saw it going through the station into Brooklyn. Fingers crossed!

johngray0
johngray0

That trains can't go under river makes sense.

But why can't at least go up to Bedford or Lorimer?

And run on the Manhattan side from 8th to 1st or even 3rd?

The benefits would be simply enormous.

They are shutting down segments very far from any flooding?

And we L riders know the MTA has a lot of experience chopping up this line all the time for other repairs.

christa.heschke
christa.heschke

Good point...it doesn't make sense why they can't do that...

johngray0
johngray0

 @shocksternyc that's my point, the "turning around" issue just doesn't make sense.  Once--during rush hour!--there was an emergency at Union Sq. and triggered a shuttle service on the fly in 20 min.

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