The L train shutdown is upon us, forcing Manhattanites and North Brooklynites to remain in their respective boroughs for the next five weekends, or experience longer cross-river commutes via the G, J & M trains and city buses. And though L-Mageddon is still in its early hours, it appears despair has already begun to set in. Behold:
All sorts of shenanigans for Brooklyners trying to get to Manhattan today. L train is useless. #TheStruggle
— Caleb Scales (@cscales) April 18, 2015
Life without the L train, is no life at all.
— sir. (@kdmchmp) April 18, 2015
L train riders are not ones to scoff at hyperbole:
You guyz! The #Ltrain isn't running into manhattan for the next 5 weekends. It happened. It's real. It's horrible. I'm not leaving my house.
— Hannah Petertil (@hvsp) April 18, 2015
The L train is trying to ruin my life
— Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook) April 18, 2015
Not at all.
The L train is down for 5 weeks. Is this how Anne Frank felt????
— Hannah Wright (@HannahAWright) April 18, 2015
Though commutes sans the L train are certainly unpleasant.
The L train really fucking with my schedule today
— it me, LB. (@ohaileigh) April 18, 2015
— Di Nora (@DianneNora) April 18, 2015
Thank you NYC for turning a 15 minute ride into a 90 minute one. You're the best. Shout out the @NYC_LTrain
— Rhetticus Flinch (@RJohnElvisT) April 18, 2015
The L train is making my weekend transit hell. Last night took me 75 mins to get home 😠
— Do I get a Sayon it? (@sayonical) April 18, 2015
Some people are taking it well!
i decided i'm fine with the L train shutdown because i like taking the M because i love texting!!!
— claire carusillo (@clocarus) April 18, 2015
You all should have moved off the G.
L train is down... The G train has never looked so cool. 😹
— Nick Chiurazzi (@whit3gir1wa5ted) April 18, 2015
Small businesses are definitely concerned that the shutdown will affect their bottom line.
fwiw I think we're being killed by the L train suspension. Definitely lighter traffic than last year.
— Jawn Hesh (@JSklute) April 18, 2015
Then again, Smorgasburg seems to be surviving...
Note that the MTA is running shuttles to and from the Lorimer Street stop and the JMZ Marcy Ave station, should you require a ride to a train that will cross the East River this weekend. Non-public transportation options include the East River Ferry (buy your tickets in advance!) Uber is also running $5 flat fare carpools along the L train route during the shutdown, via their UberPOOL app.
There've been a few complaints about the service, though, so note that the $5 deal only applies if you're crossing the East River, and you have to stay within the bounds defined on their blog if you want to qualify for the deal—anyone who gets charged regular fare should file a complaint through their receipt, or by emailing email@example.com.