Now that a complete closure of the L train has been officially announced, we must focus all of our energy on ensuring businesses, residents and riders experience as limited a disruption as possible. In order to mitigate the negative impact on the communities reliant on the L train, MTA and City agencies should consider a variety of transportation alternatives in addition to their planned service changes including: traffic and street alterations, such as dedicated bus lanes over the Williamsburg Bridge and a re-design of the 14th Street thoroughfare, additional ferry service, expanded Citi Bike service, promoting ride-sharing services, reopening closed subway entrances and making other improvements to transportation infrastructure in the impacted area. We support the MTA’s decision, but the L train is the lifeblood of these neighborhoods — businesses depend on it for customers and residents commute to work on it daily — so we cannot allow it to close without an effective and comprehensive plan to replace it.
This will be featured at the Community Board 1 meeting on August 9th. Details to come soon. Get a jump on the meeting by viewing the presentation PDF.