The L Train and the surrounding shutdown is getting its own documentary, directed by Emmett Adler.
During last December’s City Council Transportation Committee hearing regarding the L-Train shutdown, both the MTA and DOT, when asked by Council Member Stephen Levin, committed to monthly meetings with the L Train Coalition with the goal of having regular consistent dialogue about mitigation plans from now until the end of the shutdown.
We, the members of the L Train Coalition, are eager to begin these meetings as we represent every sector and elected representative in the affected area and we have been studying and advocating about the issue since it came to public attention.
We have worked with such respected experts as the Regional Plan Association, Transportation Alternatives and recently, Access Queens, to develop real world mitigation suggestions. We submitted our ideas via reports and participation in the past rounds of MTA debriefings dating back well over a year.
While we hope everyone comes out in force to question, listen and learn, during the upcoming MTA and DOT Open Houses, we still hope that they will engage with a smaller representative group in regular sessions, as there are many moving parts and specific challenges which don’t seem easily addressed in mass, public presentations.
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In 2019, the MTA will conduct a planned 18-month shutdown of L Train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. However, no concrete plans have been outlined by the agency or City to mitigate the shutdown’s impact. A coalition of local civic organizations, business alliances and transportation advocacy organizations has prepared a draft proposal of potential mitigation efforts. Join us at a forum to learn about the proposal and offer feedback.
Please RSVP to Vanessa Barrio at VBarrios@RPA.org // Space is limited.
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Dear L Train Rider or Business Owner,
Our Coalition is working with partners to identify what new transit options L train riders will need during the shutdown.
But we also need to hear from our local business community. If you are a business owner or manager, we want to know what impacts the L train shutdown will have on your business, employees, and customers. Can you take 2 minutes right now to complete this survey? Will you then forward it other local businesses owners you know?
Your input will inform recommendations to the transit agencies.
The deadline to complete the Proposed L Train Shutdown Business Impact Survey is 5PM Friday, November 11th Don’t wait – let us know what’s important to you!
The L Train Coalition
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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.
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:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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
Sunday in Brooklyn
Rob de Oude
Amy Brenner Joseph
SOHO20 Artists Inc.
Tea del Castillo
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