A possible year-long shutdown of the L train isn’t the only transit issue causing angst as of late.
J, M service is being shut down on late nights and weekends until early March. An MTA spokesperson tells us the closure is due to switch renewal work on three switches north of the Essex Street station. Last weekend, in lieu of trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a free shuttle bus provided alternate, sardine-can-like service between Hewes Street and Essex Street, stopping at Marcy Avenue.
The change had been planned, but it still took some of us by surprise. And through all five stages of grief. On Twitter, @prvcticeNYC lamented the lack of trains and asked “MTA why you gotta be like this?” He wasn’t alone:
While trains are down again on weekends (11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday) and weekday late nights (11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m.), best to be like @anawoza and use the extra time to enjoy the view.