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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — You'll get a chance to complain to the MTA about the possible L train shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn Thursday morning.

The L train is a vital mode of transportation for New Yorkers commuting between Manhattan and Brooklyn. A recent estimate shows roughly 200,000 daily riders use the subway line to move between the boroughs, making the MTA's decision very difficult.

Back in 2012, Superstorm Sandy flooded the Canarsie tube and now the MTA says it is in desperate need of repair. The MTA is weighing whether to shut it down completely for 18 months or just on weekend for up to three years.

News of an impending shutdown has thrown L train straphangers into a panic. A new study from the data company Cartodb shows some L train riders in Brooklyn would be able to commute to Manhattan on the M, J and A lines. However, for the riders who would rely on shuttle buses – about 75,000 people – there would have to be more than 11,000 trips a day. And to handle that capacity, Cartodb says the city would have to build a new bridge.

Local politicians organized the town hall meeting, which will have an MTA representative in attendance.

The MTA said this project isn't finalized and no decisions have been made. They want to hear from L train riders on how this would affect them.

The town hall meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue at 11 a.m.

Organizers might consider future meetings in the evening.

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