A short documentary by Ora DeKornfeld and Alexandra Garcia
We are the L Train Coalition; a group of engaged stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens. Over 400,000 people use the L Train each weekday and it acts as the lifeline to businesses during nights and weekends. Our intent is to maintain an open dialogue with the MTA about future L train disruptions, closures and accessibility so that the community’s voice is heard before the MTA makes any long-term service-affecting decisions.
Submit questions or comments directly to the MTA here.
During last December’s City Council Transportation Committee hearing regarding the L-Train shutdown, both the MTA and DOT, when asked by Council Member Stephen Levin, committed to monthly meetings with the L Train Coalition with the goal of having regular consistent dialogue about mitigation plans from now until the end of the shutdown.
We, the members of the L Train Coalition, are eager to begin these meetings as we represent every sector and elected representative in the affected area and we have been studying and advocating about the issue since it came to public attention.
We have worked with such respected experts as the Regional Plan Association, Transportation Alternatives and recently, Access Queens, to develop real world mitigation suggestions. We submitted our ideas via reports and participation in the past rounds of MTA debriefings dating back well over a year.
While we hope everyone comes out in force to question, listen and learn, during the upcoming MTA and DOT Open Houses, we still hope that they will engage with a smaller representative group in regular sessions, as there are many moving parts and specific challenges which don’t seem easily addressed in mass, public presentations.
Get involved by emailing us here
December 12, 2017
Regional Plan Association: Improve Plans for the L Train Shutdown Before It’s Too Late
New Report Offers Recommendations to Improve the Rider Experience along the L line, Including Accessibility Initiatives, Bold Street Designs to Move People Faster, and Beginning Track Extensions
NEW YORK, NY – Regional Plan Association (RPA) has released a new report “Will the L Train Shutdown be a Missed Opportunity or Model for the Future?” urging the MTA & NYC DOT to use the L train closure to create transformative change on this segment of the L line, providing lasting benefits both above and below ground. A bolder, more comprehensive approach would provide a new model for how to deliver much-needed upgrades to the subway system more quickly and cost effectively. The time is short for the MTA in particular to make changes before the capital budget for this project is finalized.
Thanks to AccessQueens for providing the material.
“To accommodate the additional L train passengers, a combination of five more E, M, or 7 trains would have to run per hour. With a variety of existing constraints, it is unlikely that the MTA can provide that level of additional service: There simply is not adequate track or signal capacity to handle such an increase, and there don’t seem to be enough subway cars or personnel to operate them even if there were.”
An email from Riders Alliance:
Today’s meltdowns are the result of years of our elected officials underinvesting in public transit, pushing off the tough decisions and avoiding responsibility.
Now, the Riders Alliance is making sure that Governor Cuomo can’t get away with ignoring transit riders. The Governor runs the MTA, the Governor writes the state budget, and the Governor needs to lay out a credible plan to fix our subways.
Here’s how you can help:
–Come to our strategy meeting on July 10th to help plan next steps in the fight to fix our subways.
-And if you’re not yet a Riders Alliance member, please take a moment to join us today so we build a stronger movement for public transit.
Thank you for your help – we are glad to have you on the team.
VICE sits down with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s President & CEO Andrew Hoan to discuss how will local businesses deal with the shutdown.
We did this survey in conjunction with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, and it had some pretty revealing information. 40 percent of the businesses we surveyed expected a loss of up to 50 percent in their business. That tells you that the sentiment amongst the small business community is that this is a financial, albeit temporary, disruption, as for what their income is expected to be, and obviously that has impacts on employment.
Bracing for the impacts of L Train Closure.
Click here to view a PDF of the report.
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Marci Triangle
462 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
“NYC Council Members Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill) and Rafael Espinal (D-Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Oceanhill-Brownsville, East New York) will join the Sierra Club Electric Vehicle Initiative today to demand that the MTA use electric buses as part of its replacement service during the L Train shutdown in 2019.”
Read the full article on Kings County Politics (Scroll down about half way)
In 1979, the Williamsburg that Felice Kirby, a longtime community organizer, had just moved to was in regress. The streets were drug-heavy, and a diaspora of once-powerful manufacturing plants left certain parts along the waterfront totally abandoned. The North Brooklyn neighborhood felt unwanted by the rest of the city, and forgotten.
“I wrote my first grant in 1980, and I had to crunch all the census data,” Kirby told me on a recent afternoon. “Right by the L had the highest incident of elderly people in the city of New York, and the lowest rate of birth.”