The L Train shutdown date will be Saturday, April 27th, 2019.
Friday April 26th, 2019 will be the last day of service.
Read The MTA’s final L Train Shutdown Plan
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.
L train riders will have to find a new way to commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan starting in April 2019, when part of the line will shut down for superstorm Sandy-related repairs. But the MTA has a plan. Here’s everything you need to know. (Credit: amNewYork / Noelle Lilley)
View the full article on AM NY
As you know, we’ve been working with DOT and the community to finalize a plan for additional transportation options while we reconstruct the L train tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The goal is to give all of our customers options that are safe, easy to navigate and of course, minimize commute times.
Our current alternative service plan covers 100 percent of affected customers, and today, we’ve reached another milestone in putting this plan into action: the release of an environmental assessment of the alternative service plan for public review and comment. You can access the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Section 4(f) Review for the Canarsie Tunnel Project, prepared by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) & The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/ New York City Transit (MTA NYCT), here: http://web.mta.info/mta/news/notices. I’ve also attached the public notice of availability.
I am reaching out to you to inform you about the next step in the process – a public comment period – and how we’re engaging the community to make sure everyone who wants to participate is able to do so.
The alternate service plan includes the following during the tunnel reconstruction:
- Increased alternative subway service during peak and off-peak hours – more trips and longer trains
- New temporary bus routes, including one across 14th Street and four over the Williamsburg Bridge
- Additional trips on local bus routes during the tunnel reconstruction
- 15 electric buses to be used during the tunnel reconstruction
- New temporary ferry service between North Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Stuyvesant Cove, Manhattan
- Station access and capacity improvements
- Additional temporary bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
- Traffic management strategies, including a temporary busway on 14th Street and the temporary implementation of HOV3+ on the Williamsburg Bridge
- Early implementation of some of the alternate service options to help customers plan and prepare for the tunnel closure
Public Process and Next Steps:
- There is a 30-day public comment period from July 20, 2018, to August 19, 2018. Following the close of the comment period, FTA will review the comments and responses, and make a formal NEPA determination.
- There are many ways to review and comment on this document (more details on all of these are included in the attached public notice):
- Online: http://web.mta.info/mta/news/notices
- Review a printed copy of the report in person (full location list provided in the public notice).
- Mail comments to MTA’s or FTA’s offices (must be postmarked by August 19, 2018).
- Attend a public meeting on Monday, August 6, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MTA Headquarters at 2 Broadway.
For the latest information on the L tunnel reconstruction, this page will continue to be the best resource: http://web.mta.info/sandy/rebuildingCanarsieTunnel.html. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
As New York City Transit and the NYC Department of Transportation get closer to a final plan for the impending L Train Shutdown, we, the L Train Coalition, want to call attention to some of our key concerns and requests regarding the remediation efforts.
We cannot allow this opportunity to pass without putting every effort into lessening the impact on the lives of our neighbors and community and adding lasting improvements to the system. We demand these mitigation efforts in order to allow access for all, to utilize every transportation modality to its fullest, and so that all City agencies work together and coordinate efforts to maintain order on the streets. The desired actions include but are not limited to the following:
- Every effort should be made to increase ADA accessibility for all buses and subway stations and which should building new bus stop platforms level with the bus floor and retrofitting L Train buses with automatic wheelchair docking
- Incorporation of Vision Zero design standards on all street upgrades
- Immediate formation of an interagency task force to coordinate remediation efforts
- Implementation of schedules that accommodate late night workers who often end their shifts after 2:00am. Headways should be equal to or better than existing L train service
- A permanent four-way traffic light at North 8 th St and Bedford Ave
- Extension of the L3 bus route to the 14 th Street Corridor
- Commitment to a second bus stop for the L1 and L2 at Union Ave
- MTA should offer frequent shuttle ferry service, operating between the hours of 6:00am – 12:00am (Sunday – Wednesday) and 6:00am – 2:00am (Thursday – Saturday) which would feature vessels with capacity significantly over 149 passengers
- Frequent shuttle bus service connecting the N. 6th St. terminal with Metropolitan/Lorimer, also making pickups at Bedford.
- The installation of a large, temporary shelter for passengers of the N. 6th St. shuttle ferry, possibly to be located at the foot of East River State Park
- Suspension of four day a week street cleaning on affected areas around Grand St.
- Truck routing and deliveries must be made in consultation with local businesses that accommodate community needs
- Expansion of Citi Bike east of Bushwick Avenue along the route of the J, L, M and Z lines
- Reopen all closed subway station access points to reduce crowding and delays at all stations where ridership is anticipated to increase, including the street staircase on the northeast corner
of Union Avenue and Grand Street which must be reopened to allow riders direct access between a growing commercial corridor and the Metropolitan Av G station.
As the data shows over 225,000 people who live in Brooklyn use the L Train to Manhattan to get to work, school, go shopping and socialize. There is no doubt that their lives, as well as the 50,000
people who use the train in Manhattan will be disrupted, but we cannot stop working towards lessening that impact to the greatest extent possible. We don’t want one person to move out, or
have businesses close, or have kids miss school because our City didn’t implement every remediation effort they could.
The L Train Coalition Brooklyn
As the New York City Transit Authority and Department of Transportation get closer to a final plan for the impending L Train Shutdown, we, the L Train Coalition, want to call attention to some of our key concerns and requests regarding the remediation efforts. We cannot allow this opportunity to pass without putting every effort into lessening the impact on the lives of our neighbors and community. We demand these mitigation efforts in order to allow access to all, to utilize every transportation modality to its fullest, and so that all City agencies work together and coordinate efforts to maintain order on the streets. The desired actions include but are not limited to the following:
Keep an eye out for our flyer! Contact us if you want to distribute some.
Officials from Manhattan and Brooklyn want to see what life will be like during the L train shutdown — way before the tunnel closes for repairs.
* De Blasio rejected a plan favored by L train commuters that would have banned private cars and only allowed buses to use much of 14th Street all day when the L train shuts down for 15 months, instead approving the ban only during rush hour, the Daily News reports.