January 25, 2016
The Honorable Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and CEO
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York, NY 10004
Dear Chairman Prendergast,
We are writing to you to request a meeting to discuss the impact of the proposed L train repairs. We live in, own businesses in, work in or represent areas that will be adversely affected by the proposed shutdown of the L train between Bedford Avenue and First Avenue while repairs are made.
As you know, the L train is a critical mode of transportation, the primary subway between north Brooklyn and Manhattan. There is no duplicate mode of transportation. We understand that the tunnel is over 100 years old, that it was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy and that repairs must be made; however, we are deeply concerned that the closure could leave commuters with no means of getting to and from the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area.
We would like to meet with you or appropriate representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in order to discuss our concerns and work with you on a mitigation plan. We would like to be involved in the planning at an early stage so that our suggestions and concerns can be taken into account as you develop your plans.
In addition, we would like to invite you or a representative to join us at a community meeting next Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue). This meeting will be co-hosted by our offices and several owners of local bars and restaurants. Even if the MTA is not yet ready to offer comment on the L train situation, it is important that your agency hears feedback from the people who will suffer the greatest impact.
Please contact Minna Elias in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s office at (212) 860-0606, Eric Radezky in Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office at (718) 383-7474, Robert Young in State Senator Squadron’s office at (718) 875-1517, Josh Levin in Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s office at (718) 802-3853 or Lisa Bloodgood at Council Member Stephen Levin’s office (718) 875-5200 to set up a meeting.
Very truly yours,
CAROLYN B. MALONEY– Member of Congress
ERIC L. ADAMS– Brooklyn Borough President
MARTIN MALAVÉ DILAN– State Senator
DANIEL L. SQUADRON– State Senator
JOSEPH R. LENTOL– Member of Assembly
STEPHEN LEVIN– City Council Member