L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn could shut down for years

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Big projects are planned for 2016 and 2017 and it will mean big changes to the commutes.

The Canarsie Tube is set for a multi-million dollar repair project in 2017. That means the tunnel that serves the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan will need to be closed.

The MTA is looking at all the options, including closing down the tube for a year.

MTA Communication Director Adam Lisberg says no final decision has been made.

During previous tunnel projects, shuttle buses have been used to replace the subway and service on other lines has been increased. Governor Cuomo has asked the MTA to make the agency more efficient and complete projects earlier that planned.

That's one of the reasons the MTA is considering complete shutdowns for a shorter amount of time (instead of weekend closures that last for years).

“The MTA is committed to meeting Governor Cuomo’s challenge head-on, eliminating every possible inefficiency to deliver these improvements faster, better and at a lower cost,” said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast.

Riders hope the MTA will communicate with them about the closures and take into account how it will impact riders throughout the day.

In his State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo presented a number of transportation initiatives. He has presented his budget and the legislature is renewing it. They will begin negotiations.