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MTA will host open houses to discuss the L train shutdown

They'll explain how riders will manage during the 15-month shutdown

To quell the fears of L train riders as the dreaded shutdown of 2019 nears, the MTA and New York City Department of Transportation will hold a series of community meetings in the next few weeks to help riders figure out a new transit plan. About 225,000 people use the L each day, meaning major adjustments will be necessary on the part of both commuters and MTA.

The shutdown will begin in April 2019, at which time the Canarsie Tunnel, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan along the L line, will be closed for 15 months. During the closure, the MTA will carry out extensive demolition and reconstruction work in the tunnel, while also adding new lighting and fire systems. The MTA will also spruce up the L train stations at Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn and First Avenue in Manhattan by adding new stairways and elevators to make them more ADA-accessible.

The open houses, which kicked off on January 24 and will last until February 14, will feature representatives from MTA and DOT, who will riders with critical information about alternative travel options. MTA reps will also preview some of the measures the agency plans to take to help lessen the transit interruption, while DOT will discuss proposed street improvements and treatments during the tunnel repairs.

Proposals floated by the city so far include new bike routes across Manhattan streets, increases subway service along the J, M, Z, and G lines, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) restrictions on the Williamsburg Bridge, and at least three new bus routes with stops located near alternate subway stations.

All sessions will be free and open to the public. To see details for each meeting, happening on Wednesday, January 31, Thursday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 14, visit the MTA website. To prepare for the upcoming meetings, check out Curbed's primer on everything you need to know about the shutdown and what to do once it's upon us.