BROOKLYN — The M train will be temporarily suspended in Ridgewood and Bushwick next summer so crews can do repairs ahead of the L train shutdown, MTA officials said Friday.
Service between Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village—Metropolitan Avenue will be disrupted so crews can mend a bridge and rebuild a viaduct, according to the MTA.
They hope to complete the M train work before commuters start using it more when the L line shuts down for its extensive Hurricane Sandy-related repairs, officials said. Transit officials were still weighing when they'll close the L and for how long.
“The L train — either the short or the long term shutdown — will require additional M service and additional J service,” Andrew Albert told the Daily News. “This all has to be done by then.”
M line work will kick-off with crews undertaking a two-month rehab of a bridge over a rail yard, officials said. During that time, the M won't run between Myrtle Avenue and Middle Village—Metropolitan Avenue.
Then, crews will spend eight months tearing down and rebuilding a viaduct, officials said. There will be a shuttle ferrying commuters from Myrtle—Wyckoff Avenue and Middle Village—Metropolitan Avenue.
The M will run over the J and Z lines on Broadway between Myrtle Avenue and Broadway Junction, officials said.
The MTA plans to launch a community outreach campaign about the service changes for the 60,000 people who regularly depend on the M.