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

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

We’re still trying to wrap our brains around news that the L train’s future is in jeopardy. According to officials, the North Brooklyn lifeline is still suffering from the legacy of Hurricane Sandy and in desperate need of a serious upgrade that would increase daily rider capacity (and relieve commuters of the indignity of  having to smell another human stranger’s armpits).

Gothamist reported the city is deciding between the tried-and-true bandaid method– ripping it off (closing it down for a full year) or slowly peeling it back (potentially running with limited service each and every weekend for years on end, probably to start in 2017). Neither of which sound like a recipe for morning-commute happiness.

Still, many questions loom. Is closing down an essential subway line– one that’s home to the Bedford Stop which nearly 30,000 people utilize per (week) day, even possible? Can the MTA replace it with a gondola? Are we about to see a mass exodus from North Brooklyn? (And if so, where will Olena and Alex of The Bedford Stop sleep?) Sure, we’ve had our share of trials with the L train– it’s not perfect, that’s for sure– but to abandon us completely? It seems too cruel. Here’s what Twitter had to say:

There was Chuck Schumer comparing the L train to Beyoncé.

Lots of people went with mass-exodus theory and predicted real estate plummets.

There was some gleeful schadenfreude on display from Wburg haters.

Others were already thinking of the consequences.

But one soon-to-be-fired Al Jazeera America dude saw the bright side.

Some people were more solution-minded, though.


Or maybe just head over to the L Train’s own Twitter– it has some thoughts of its own.