M train viaduct reopens after major repairs

- For eight months, the 60,000 M train riders commuting to or from the stops between Metropolitan Avenue and 71 Avenue in Brooklyn and Queens have relied on other subway lines, buses, bikes, and Ubers to get to work, class, and various social engagements.

At 5 a.m. Monday, after $163 million of repairs and renovations to install quieter tracks, a new bridge, and other improvements to this century-old above-ground span ended on time and on budget. That allowed those 60,000 riders to resume their regular commutes.

The return of the M makes the commutes of not only M riders but also those who take the L way easier.

L and M train riders now have just a year to enjoy the relative lack of crowds on their lines until M train riders return the favor of their L train counterparts and welcome potentially hundreds of thousands of displaced commuting L trainers to the M line while the 100-year-old L tunnel under the East River closes for 15 months for repairs to damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy.

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