MTA Restores 'L' Line Service to Manhattan

The MTA restored limited L Subway train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan Thursday afternoon after days of difficult work dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Completion of repairs fully extended the line from Rockaway Parkway to 8th Avenue. The reopening of the 14th Street tube reconnects residents of Williamsburg, Bushwick, East New York and Canarsie to Manhattan.

L Subway trains resumed through the 14th Street tube at 3 p.m. Thursday with 10 minute headways returning service to stations from 8th Avenue to Broadway Junction. The tube was flooded to a depth of 15 feet for its entire length of 3,400 feet. MTA crews worked around the clock pumping water and then repairing severe damage to the tubes stationary pumping, signaling and communications systems which all required extensive repairs.

"We continue to progress toward the complete restoration of service and will continue to do so incrementally, but only when it's safe and doesn't overcharge the system," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.

MTA crews worked around the clock pumping water and then repairing severe damage to the tubes stationary pumping, signaling and communications systemsMTA crews worked around the clock pumping water and then repairing severe damage to the tubes stationary pumping, signaling and communications systems