ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SURVIVE THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN

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ATTENTION PASSENGERS. We are not delayed because of train traffic ahead of us. There is no sick passenger.  Forget the closing doors. We are being held momentarily for 15 months. Please mind the gap between your needs and the state’s ability to provide reliable transportation. Courtesy is contagious.

The L train has been a lot of things for a lot of years. Identity merch. Meta reading material. And, especially around the time when the Strokes came into prominence, a kind of cool kid code. But most importantly for the line’s 400,000 daily commuters — especially those who live off station stops with less brand recognition than Bedford or Lorimer — the L train is just a way to get from point A to point B.

Grumbling about crowds, delays, and other nuisances is easy. Truly, though, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. In April 2019, the MTA train will suspend service between Bedford Avenue and 14th Street/Eighth Avenue for a projected 15 months. Next year? May as well be never!, you say? Tell that to future you.

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