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It is not the L-pocalypse, but it is an M-ergency!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will close several Bushwick M train stations for 10 months while it rebuilds parts of the decrepit century-old railing ahead of the dreaded L-train closure, authorities announced on Friday.

The elevated track between the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Central Avenue stops — a stretch called the Bushwick Viaduct — is old and crumbling, the transit agency says, and it needs to patch it up before it becomes danger — and before riders flock to the line when it closes down L train tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan for years of repairs in 2018.

Starting in summer next year, the transit authority will close the Knickerbocker and Central stops for 10 months while workers replace the tracks and the parts and platform that hold them up. During the drought, it will re-route the M train along the J and Z line, and provide buses between the shuttered stops.

The agency will also stop service entirely between Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village — the furthermost Queens stop — for two months to fix up a stretch of track in the outer borough, and provide shuttle service along the track that will make stops at the Jefferson Street L train station for commuters switching lines.

Straphangers making the sensible decision to travel from Queens to the Borough of Kings will also be able to catch a shuttle bus from the Middle Village stop to the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue stop during the 10 months closure.

The transit agency could not say exactly when the closures will begin other than the vague “summer.”

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 2:02 pm, March 21, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York says:
Let's be realistic: Shutting the entire BMT Myrtle Avenue Line down for ten months starting next summer because of the following reason: It replace the entire viaduct and the elevated tracks, in order to make the M train run more conveniently, more efficiently, more frequently, more reliable and more sustainable after it is finished. This in anticipation of more L train riders coming from the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues Station. BTW, the L train riders can go to Broadway Junction and transfer to either the A, the C, or the J trains to Manhattan.
March 22, 2016, 7:34 am
sstanchaz from greenpoint says:
Please- START the ten month shutdown in March 2017 (instead of summer 2017) , so as to avoid commuters standing outdoors for buses in the worst weather months of January and February.
March 22, 2016, 11:14 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This was done not too long ago for the 7 train over in the Queens and the MTA provided shuttle buses to run those routes as they probably would for this one as well.
March 24, 2016, 5:05 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
Be careful what you said Tal: Because the neighborhoods of Bushwick and Ridgewood are rapidly gentrifying, which could lead to an influx of young professionals who are relying on mass transit a lot, not just limited to the daily 9-5 job. In addition, in terms of shuttle buses, the MTA is having a bad reputation by having a lack of communication between the dispatchers, the drivers, as well as the general public. Furthermore, if all of the shuttle buses are standardized buses that are 40 feet long,Magen the chances of overcrowding will be high.
March 24, 2016, 10:51 pm

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