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:
— Philipp (@phil_nbg) July 25, 2016
— Michael Feldman (@myfeldman) July 25, 2016
what’s crazy about the #LTrain shutting down in 2019 is that people think with Trump as president there will even be a 2019
— mamoudou n’diaye (@MamoudouNDiaye) July 25, 2016
Well, I’ve got my small talk for 2019 all planned now #LTrain
— Sayre Quevedo (@sayrequevedo) July 25, 2016
The great L train shut down of 2019 is going to result in a lot of break ups or a lot of shacking up together or both.
— Lux Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) July 25, 2016
In solidarity with the L train I will also not be working in 2019.
— Sarah F Cox (@xoxoCox) July 25, 2016
The L train crumbled. Cities exploded: a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men. pic.twitter.com/xDAijQU9HV
— Rowley Amato (@rowleyamato) July 25, 2016
MTA rationale for L train shutdown: “It’s ok – they have Apple and Whole Foods now.”
— Peter Gaffney (@PGAFFII) July 25, 2016
The L train’s daily ridership is itself the 60th largest city in the United States…
— Rym (@schezar) July 25, 2016
— Hayden Golden (@hayden_golden) July 25, 2016
Congrats to @Uber on the L train shut down!
— Douglas Widick (@dwidick) July 25, 2016
L train shutdown makes yearly citibike passes even more of a steal
— justinclam (@justinclam) July 25, 2016