March 21, 2016
The Hon. Thomas Prendergast
Chairman and CEO
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Dear Chairman Prendergast,
We are the L Train Coalition; a group of commuters, engaged stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens. Over 300,000 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 accessibilities so that the community’s voice is heard before the MTA makes any long-term service-affecting decisions. Since our first Town Hall event at Brooklyn Bowl on January 28th, we’ve learned only the following:
- The MTA hosted a meeting with local elected officials in the beginning of February and disclosed pertinent information that we believe is vital for public understanding of the situation.
- The MTA has developed a plan to engage in regular, detailed community consultation on how to proceed with necessary repairs for the Canarsie Tubes and assured our elected officials that a date would be set for a meeting with the community, preferably no later than March 2016.
- The MTA has identified federal funding for repairs. However, until there is a plan in place and committed contracts, these funds are not secure.
We commend the MTA in expending resources to improve the safety and service for its riders. In order to ensure a process that limits the negative impacts on the communities that the L train serves, the Coalition requests the following:
To have you or a representative attend our meetings and give a detailed presentation on the project including engineering, consulting, and financial aspects of the repairs, including data and photos.
The evaluation of alternative repair options and to disclose the MTA’s current strategy to the public as it becomes known.
This should include:
- The impact of service disruptions and additional transportation modes.
- The sharing of hard data and information about the repair process and the intent of implementation.
- For the MTA to designate an ombudsperson to directly communicate with the Coalition.
- To agree to have an independent engineering firm look at the data and physical condition of the tubes.
- The creation of an advisory committee to work with the MTA during the planning and implementation phases.
We look forward to engaging with the MTA throughout this project. In order for this to be successful, the MTA must have a clear understanding of how its decisions will affect the lives and businesses of everyone who uses the L train. To reach someone at the Coalition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
L Train Coalition
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Union Square Partnership
Cayuga Capital Management LLC
North 4th Place, LLC
2 North 6th Place Property Owner LLC
Andrew Clemens & Benjamin Weiner, Ripco Real Estate Corp.
Over the Eight
Radegast Hall & Beirgarten
Steven Greaves Photography
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Rob de Oude
Amy Brenner Joseph
SOHO20 Artists Inc.
Tea del Castillo