Transit L train shutdown pros and cons By Georgia Kral Updated July 25, 2016 9:40 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The L train, which carries 400,000 weekday riders between Manhattan and Brooklyn, will shut down between the boroughs for 18 months beginning in 2019 while the MTA repairs damage caused by superstorm Sandy, officials announced. So what the heck will happen to all those people who ride the train every day? Well, it won't be pretty, but there are, of course, pros and cons ... Pro: Brooklyn L riders can manspread all they want Photo Credit: Sheila Anne Feeney The L train won't run at all in Manhattan, but it will run in Brooklyn before the Williamsburg neighborhood. That means more room for Brooklynites to manspread! Pro: Ferries will flourish Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle The East River ferries are a great alternate way to commute from the Brooklyn waterfront to Manhattan. The price is still higher than a subway ride, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to change that by introducing more routes. More ferry service is also being discussed for when the L is shut down. Con: Uber surge pricing forever Photo Credit: Agaton Strom Time to finally give Way2Ride, Gett, Arro, Lyft or any of the other smartphone apps for hailing taxis a chance. Pro: Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop will be blazing Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Williamsburg and Greenpoint are already home to some of the most work-appropriate coffee shops, and we believe they will step up to the plate and increase their bandwidth to deal with the 1,000 additional people tap, tap tapping away. Pro: Your office might let you work from home Photo Credit: iStock Telecommuting could really take off. You won't even need the train! Con: The J and G trains will be insufferable Photo Credit: Scout Tufankjian The trains closest to the L are already crowded. Think you're lucky because you live near the G? Think again! Pro: More people will bike to work Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton Got a bike? Commuting on two wheels is probably your best bet, even in bad weather. Added bonus: You don't have to pay for the gym! Pro: Fewer new millennials will move in Photo Credit: iStock Maybe, just maybe, fewer people will consider moving to Williamsburg and Greenpoint? Maybe? Con: Shuttle buses likely won't make up for it Photo Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary The MTA is looking to add extra trains to nearby lines and using shuttle buses to move riders during the shutdown. Add one more mode of transit to your commute! By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic L train riders could face shutdowns in 2017 The MTA is considering fully closing down one section of the L train’s tube. The evolution of mass transit: From horse-drawn cars to subway trainsExplore the evolution of New York City mass transit over the years. 'Oh, how I love thee, sometimes': Subway riders rate the railsThe Q line makes subway riders gush online, while the C and R trains are the most reviled by commuters, ... Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.