The L Train Coalition was formed in response to the planned shut down of the Canarsie tunnel, through which the L Train traveled between Manhattan and Brooklyn, for repairs to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The shutdown, proposed to last 15-18 months, would have had an enormous negative effect on the residents of Williamsburg and surrounding communities along the L line.
People came together from local businesses, arts organizations, advocacy groups, and elected officials offices to make sure that every effort was made to support those that might be most hurt by the shutdown as well as to look for innovative solutions to moving people around the city as well as to support local businesses.
The Coalition was a true testament to the power of community organizing, and the ability of disparate constituencies to work together towards a common goal. Everyone contributed their expertise and experience and if the shutdown had happened the community would have survived and come out all the better for it.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to working together again.
Paul Samulski, Ben Solitaire, Karen Nieves, Erin Piscopink, Eric Bruzaitis and Felice Kirby.
(The L Train Coalition Executive Committee)