The L train shutdown is official.
According to AM New York, The MTA board voted on Monday to approve the contract for the line’s Canarsie Tunnel rehabilitation. L train service to and through Manhattan will close for 15 months during the reconstruction, beginning in April 2019.
MTA has pushed back the start of construction from January 2019 to April of the same year. But the agency has also shaved three months off its original proposal for an 18-month shutdown. The full L line is expected to reopen in July 2020.
Fernando Ferrer, the MTA’s acting chairman:
“We should be held to a very high standard of doing [the L train rehabilitation] quick, doing it efficiently and doing it as inexpensively as we can with as little financial impact to the riding public as possible,”