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