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The L 14th Street–Canarsie Local[2] is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored medium gray since it serves the BMT Canarsie Line.[3]

"L" train symbol
14th Street–Canarsie Local
Manhattan bound R143 L train at New Lots.jpg
Manhattan-bound L train of R143s at New Lots Avenue
Map of the "L" train
Northern endEighth Avenue
Southern endRockaway Parkway
Stations24
Rolling stock184 R143s (23 trains)
8 R160As (1 train)[1]
DepotEast New York Yard
Started serviceJune 30, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-06-30)
Route map

Down arrow  L 
Eighth Avenue
Sixth Avenue
Union Square
Third Avenue
First Avenue
Bedford Avenue
Lorimer Street
Graham Avenue
Grand Street
Montrose Avenue
Morgan Avenue
Jefferson Street
DeKalb Avenue
Myrtle – Wyckoff Avenues
Halsey Street
Wilson Avenue
(Handicapped/disabled access northbound)
Bushwick Avenue – Aberdeen Street
Broadway Junction
no regular service via Jamaica
Atlantic Avenue
Sutter Avenue
Livonia Avenue
New Lots Avenue
East 105th Street
Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway
Up arrow  L 
Legend

Lines used by the "L" train
Other services sharing tracks with the "L" train
Unused lines, connections, or service patterns
 L 
Termini of services

Cross-platform interchange

Platforms on different levels

The L operates at all times between Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan, and Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn. It also briefly enters Queens at Halsey Street, serving the neighborhood of Ridgewood.[4] It is the first New York City Subway service to be automated using communications-based train control.

The L commenced its current route and service pattern upon completion of the Canarsie Line in 1928. Express trains formerly ran along the L's trackage in central Brooklyn, running along the BMT Fulton Street Line in eastern Brooklyn, but were discontinued in 1956. Since then, the L has been entirely local.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

November 26, 1967 – June, 1979 bullet  
June, 1979 – May 6, 1985 bullet  
Original 16 designation for the BMT Canarsie Line service  

The L, being a local train, was originally given the LL designation when letters were assigned to the BMT division. From 1928 to 1967, the same service was assigned the BMT number 16.

In 1924, part of the eventual 14th Street–Canarsie Line opened, called the "14th Street–Eastern District Line" (commonly the "14th Street–Eastern Line"), and was given the number 16. This was extended east, and in 1928 it was joined to the existing BMT Canarsie Line east of Broadway Junction. Since that time, the 14th Street–Canarsie Line service has operated as it is today, except for an extension from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, which opened on May 30, 1931 to connect to the new Eighth Avenue Subway. The Eighth Avenue Terminal was originally built in IND style and has been restored to BMT style like Fulton Street and Broad Street. During rush hours, express service ran nonstop between Lorimer Street and Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues. (Locals usually ran from Eighth Avenue to Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues or Atlantic Avenue at these times.)[5]

Before the 14th Street–Eastern and Canarsie Lines were connected, the Canarsie part of the line already had a number, 14, running from Lower Manhattan via the Broadway Elevated and called the Canarsie Line.[6] When the 14th Street–Eastern Line was connected in 1928, this was renamed the Broadway (Brooklyn) Line, but continued to operate to Rockaway Parkway.[7]

 
This brochure describes the inauguration of special rush-hour through service in 1936 for the BMT between Lefferts Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Starting on September 23, 1936, express trains ran to Lefferts Boulevard via the connection with the Fulton Street Elevated at Atlantic Avenue.[8] This connection was severed on April 30, 1956, then the service ran to Rockaway Parkway again, but was discontinued on August 23. The R27 to R38's roll signs had both L and LL for express and local service, even though the express never ran thereafter.

On November 26, 1967, with the opening of the Chrystie Street Connection, the BMT Eastern Division lines were given letters. The 14 to Canarsie was given the label JJ (though the 14 main line was designated KK, continuing east from Broadway Junction towards Jamaica). On the other hand, the 16 became the LL.[9] Canarsie service to Lower Manhattan was discontinued in 1968.[10] When double letters were dropped on May 5, 1985, the LL became the L, and it still has that designation.[11] Skip-stop was proposed in the 1990s, but was never implemented.

Modernization and rehabilitationEdit

 
Countdown clock at the Lorimer Street station
Ridership
Annual ridership for the L service:[12]
  • 1994 . . . 16,968,025
  • 1996 . . . 18,107,243
  • 1998 . . . 21,196,693
  • 2000 . . . 26,155,806
  • 2005 . . . 30,452,319

Headways:[12]

  • Morning and evening rush hours: 4 minutes
  • Midday: 6–8 minutes
  • Overnight: 20 minutes

The 5 busiest stations in 2005:[12]

  1. First Avenue, Manhattan
  2. Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  3. Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway, Canarsie, Brooklyn
  4. DeKalb Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
  5. Graham Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The stations with greatest ridership increases in 2014:[13]

Ridership on the L has increased dramatically since 2000, since many neighborhoods along the route have experienced gentrification. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $443 million fleet of subway cars on the L was introduced in 2002, but by 2006 was already too small to handle growing ridership. The Transit Authority had projected that 212 Kawasaki-made R143 subway cars would be enough to accommodate ridership demands for years to come, but ridership has risen higher than expected. Therefore, sixty-eight new R160A cars manufactured by Alstom were equipped with CBTC so they could run on the L.

The BMT Canarsie Line tracks underwent an extensive retrofit over to CBTC, a system that controls the trains via a computer on board, as opposed manually operated by a human operator. This was completed in April 2012.[14] While the retrofit has resulted in nearly two years of service changes and station closings, this system will eventually allow trains to run closer together, and enables in-station "countdown clock" displays to note the exact time until the next train arrives. The line also used OPTO (one person train operation) beginning in June 2005, but a combination of public outcry regarding perceived safety issues, which increased after the July 2005 London tube bombings, heavy lobbying by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), as well as an arbitration ruling that MTA had breached its contract with TWU caused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to end OPTO the following September. However, the MTA's successful implementation of countdown clocks on the L has been the first in the system.[15]

Starting April 27, 2019,[16] and continuing until 2020, service will be limited between Third Avenue and Bedford Avenue on late nights and weekends to allow for repairs on the Canarsie Line tunnels under the East River, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Trains in both directions would operate on one tube between Third and Bedford Avenues while late night and weekend work is being done on the other tube. This will last about 15 to 20 months.[17] The original plan was for a full 15-month closure with both tubes closed simultaneously west of Bedford Avenue,[18][19] but the plans were revised in January 2019.[17]

RouteEdit

Service patternEdit

The L uses the following lines with the same service pattern at all times.[20]

Line From To Tracks
BMT Canarsie Line Eighth Avenue Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway all

StationsEdit

The L runs on the BMT Canarsie Line in its entirety.[2]

Station service legend
  Stops all times
  Stops all times except late nights
  Stops late nights only
  Stops weekdays only
  Station closed
  Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only
Time period details
  Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  ↑ Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in the indicated direction only
  ↓
  Elevator access to mezzanine only
  Stations   Subway transfers Connections
Manhattan
Canarsie Line
  Eighth Avenue   A  C  E   (IND Eighth Avenue Line) M14A / M14D Select Bus Service
  Sixth Avenue 1  2  3   (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line at 14th Street)
F  M   (IND Sixth Avenue Line at 14th Street)
PATH at 14th Street
M14A/D Select Bus Service
  Union Square   4  5  6   <6>   (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
N  Q  R  W   (BMT Broadway Line)
M14A / M14D Select Bus Service
  Third Avenue M14A / M14D Select Bus Service
  First Avenue M14A / M14D Select Bus Service
Northbound M15 Select Bus Service
Brooklyn
  Bedford Avenue B91A shuttle bus to Marcy Avenue and Hewes Street (J  M  ) nights and weekends
  Lorimer Street G   (IND Crosstown Line at Metropolitan Avenue) Some weekend and late night trains begin or end their runs to/from Rockaway Parkway at this station
B91A shuttle bus to Marcy Avenue and Hewes Street (J  M  ) nights and weekends
  Graham Avenue
  Grand Street
  Montrose Avenue
  Morgan Avenue
  Jefferson Street
  DeKalb Avenue
  Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues   M   (BMT Myrtle Avenue Line) Some a.m. rush hour trips begin or end their runs to/from Eighth Avenue at this station[a]
  Halsey Street
  Wilson Avenue   ↑ Station is ADA-accessible in the northbound direction only.
  Bushwick Avenue–Aberdeen Street
  Broadway Junction A  C   (IND Fulton Street Line)
J  Z   (BMT Jamaica Line)
  Atlantic Avenue LIRR Atlantic Branch at East New York
  Sutter Avenue
  Livonia Avenue Out-of-system transfer with MetroCard during nights and weekends: 3  4   (IRT New Lots Line at Junius Street)
  New Lots Avenue B15 bus to JFK Int'l Airport
  East 105th Street Some northbound rush hour trips begin at this station
  Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway   B82 Select Bus Service; free in-station transfer to B42 bus (B42 bus relocated outside station due to rehabilitation.)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Some southbound trains terminate at this station during a.m. rush hours; some northbound trains originate at this station during a.m. rush hours.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Subdivision 'B' Car Assignments: Cars Required June 24, 2018" (PDF). 61 (7). Electric Railroaders' Association. July 2018: 16. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "L Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "MTA Colors". MTA.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Queens Bus Map" (PDF). MTA.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Line by line history L train
  6. ^ "CELEBRATE OPENING OF SUBWAY LINK; Civic and City Officials Ride in First Train Over 14th St. Line to Brooklyn". The New York Times. June 1, 1924. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "EXPECT GAIN ON B.M.T. LINE; Officials Say Old Habits of Patrons Hold Down Canarsie Traffic". The New York Times. July 17, 1928. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "B.M.T. TO SPEED UP QUEENS SERVICE; New Multi-Section Cars to Be Used for Special Rush-Hour Trips Starting Wednesday". The New York Times. September 21, 1936. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Perlmutter, Emanuel (November 16, 1967). "SUBWAY CHANGES TO SPEED SERVICE: Major Alterations in Maps, Routes and Signs Will Take Effect Nov. 26" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Hofmann, Paul (July 1, 1968). "SKIP-STOP SUBWAY BEGINS RUN TODAY; KK Line Links 3 Boroughs --Other Routes Changed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Hey, What's a "K" train? 1985 Brochure". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Donohue, Pete (July 7, 2006). "Oh, L, Not Enuf Trains!". Daily News. New York. Retrieved March 20, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Mays, Jeff (April 21, 2015). "MAP: See How Much Subway Ridership Increased at Your Station". DNA Info. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  14. ^ MTA Capital Program Milestones Report Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ MTA/Siemens train-arrival sign
  16. ^ "L Train Shutdown to Begin on April 27". Spectrum News NY1 | New York City. October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Fitzsimmons, Emma G.; Goldmacher, Shane (January 3, 2019). "Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  18. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (April 3, 2017). "M.T.A. Shortens L Train Shutdown to 15 Months". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Wolfe, Jonathan (December 14, 2017). "New York Today: The Plan for the L Train Shutdown". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "Subway Service Guide" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

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