MTA to host L train open house in Ridgewood

The MTA is holding a Ridgewood open house on next year’s 18-month L train shutdown on April 12.

The repeated calls from Ridgewood and Long Island City lawmakers and community leaders for the MTA to hold a Queens town hall meeting over next year’s shutdown of the L train have been answered.

The MTA has announced that, “in response to local requests,” it will hold an open house at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council’s 59-03 Summerfield St. headquarters on April 12 at 6 p.m. — allowing residents to question agency officials on the plan.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Long Island City) had told the Chronicle earlier this year she was in talks with the MTA on scheduling a community meeting in Ridgewood.

The L train never really reaches into Queens — a handful of stops are located along the borough’s border with Brooklyn — but thousands of southwest residents make up the approximately 440,000 people who use it on a weekly basis.

The line will shut down next April for 18 months, allowing for extensive repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries the train below the East River.

The tunnel was heavily damaged five years ago when Hurricane Sandy flooded the two tubes with saltwater, corroding much of the infrastructure inside them.

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And that's why Ridgewood will have the same impact once the L train shuts down as the neighboring Bushwick: Their immediate geography is similar close to that Brooklyn neighborhood. [huh]

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