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Repairs To Shut Down L Train Between Manhattan, Brooklyn

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The busiest stretch of the city's fastest-growing subway line is taking the weekend off, so riders on most of the L will have to find other ways to move around. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

When the L train doesn't run between Brooklyn and Manhattan on weekends, it's not just a headache for riders.

Brace yourselves, straphangers. Getting around on other subway lines and shuttle buses this weekend might hurt a little bit.

"It's basically not worth it. And it's a hassle because I've got a lot of family in Jersey, so it pretty much shuts me down."

Transit workers will be replacing track ties at several stations along the line, shutting down service on the L between Eighth Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues from late Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday. The L will run from Myrtle-Wyckoff to Rockaway Parkway.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that it's part of keeping the subway system's fastest-growing line in good shape.

Some riders say that they're tired of the weekend service disruptions.

"There's always work on this track, and it's very, very crowded," said one rider.

Many, however, say that they've learned to live with it.

"Not a major problem, no," said one rider. "Kind of makes me stay at home a little bit more."

One person says that it's tough on his mom, who relies on the L daily.

"She needs to take the bus or maybe take a taxi," he says. "That's extra money out of her pocket."

If you absolutely have to cross into Manhattan, there are other ways to get out of Brooklyn that won't cost you extra. For alternate service, riders are asked to use the A, F, J and M subway lines, along with free shuttle buses in Brooklyn. While in Manhattan, you can catch the M14 crosstown bus. For more information, visit mta.info.

And good news, L train riders. The MTA says that it's the last scheduled service shutdown along the L - for the rest of this year, at least.

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