Community meets to discuss L train shutdown

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WILLIAMSBURG -

A community meeting held Tuesday night at the Williamsburg Library allowed residents to have their questions answered about the looming L train shutdown.

It was organized by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez to bring to the community an update on what they can expect in the months leading up to the shutdown.

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The L train has already faced several weekend closures, including every weekend in October, to prepare for the shutdown that is set for April 2019. MTA and Department of Transportation officials stressed that the weekend shutdowns are not indicative of what the full shutdown will look like.

During those shutdowns, the MTA says it has been performing maintenance and ensuring that when the actual shutdown happens, it will only take the planned 15 months to finish the work.

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Thousands are expected to be impacted daily by the shutdown. The MTA and DOT are putting together plans to help alleviate some of those inconveniences through shuttle buses and changes in traffic flow in the area to accommodate those buses. But commuters still say they're expecting the shutdown to be incredibly difficult.

One person at the meeting suggested rolling out a beta route planner so people can start to plan out their future commute. An MTA official says a version of that is already in the works and will likely be available by the end of the year.

Much of the repairs during the shutdown will be to the Canarsie Tunnel, which sustained severe damage from Superstorm Sandy. The MTA and DOT say the repairs will make the L train run more smoothly in the future.

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