Sandy Update: The L train lives againBy
As the MTA and TWU duke it out over hurricane pay days, the authority has some good news for riders: The L train has returned. Joe Lhota just announced via Twitter that “the L train is back.” It will be providing limited service, running once every ten minutes and making all stops between 8th Ave. and Rockaway Parkway. Trains will likely be quite crowded as service levels have to catch up to demand at first.
In a subsequent press release, Transit explained the extent of the damage to the 14th St. tube, which had been without service for 10 days. The tunnel had flooded to a depth of 15 feet for 3400 feet — or the length of its span from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Crews had to repair “severe damage” to the stationary pumping, signaling and communications system. The first trains rolled through today though at 3 p.m.
With that announcement, service through Manhattan has returned on every subway line, and the only areas still lacking in service are the A train to the Rockaways, the Montague St. Tunnel and the N train’s Sea Beach Line. Those three areas suffered extensive damage from Sandy’s storm surge, and there is “no timetable for the return of service” to either the Rockaways or the Sea Beach line. Crews are pumping out the Montague St. Tunnel, and Transit says it is still pushing forward on 24/7 efforts to restore all services.