22 May 2013 10:01 AM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: The L train at Morgan Ave. (Image Source: Drew Kolar)
If you’re planning on taking the L train to or from Brooklyn this coming weekend, think again—the MTA has announced that L train service is suspended due to track work.
Originally planned for the weekends of May 24 to 26 and June 14 to 16, the MTA has at least given Brooklynites a reprieve by pushing work forward one more week to make room for the Northside Festival—but Memorial Day weekend still hangs in the balance, with the second weekend of suspensions scheduled now for June 23 to 24.
Luckily, a handful of NYC politicians—State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilman Stephen Levin—have banded together against the service change, penning a letter to the MTA in hopes of also rescuing Memorial Day from the chaos that is sure to ensue, Gothamist reports.
“We understand that planned maintenance to the subway system is essential and shutdown dates will never be ideal,” they wrote, “but it is very important that the MTA follow through on its commitment to community engagement and reschedule these shutdowns.”
The MTA, however, has not yet responded to the request—meaning Brooklyn may still have one of its major transit lines cut off for the holiday.