(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

If you haven’t already seen the bearded doomsayers wandering the streets with the “The End Is Nigh” written on sandwich boards in fine cursive, then despair, ye fool: the L Train is shutting down.

Starting in January of 2019, the consistently packed subway line will stop running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for at least 18 months. During that time, the MTA will be repairing damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in the Canarsie Tunnel, which trains use to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The news comes after months of wrangling and a series four public meetings on the matter. The MTA had also floated an alternative plan, which would’ve allowed them to maintain significantly reduced service between the boroughs at the cost of prolonging the repair time. They ultimately decided on a complete shut down.

“While the MTA always looks to avoid service disruptions, there is no question that repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel are critical and cannot be avoided or delayed,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said in a statement issued this afternoon.

As if on cue, the L train responded to the news of its shut-down by, well, shutting down, after a police investigation at 1st Avenue caused significant delays earlier this morning.

Grumblings over the L train’s imminent demise were taken to the place where all grumblings eventually go: the Internet. The trending Twitter topic “#LTrain” was filled with Tweets predicting everything from dramatically longer commutes to “the end of (white) Brooklyn.” Here’s a few of our favorites: