Town hall meeting on L train shutdown plan

Updated Tues., May 8, 4:45 p.m.: The Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold a town hall meeting Wed., May 9, at The New School auditorium at 66 W. 12th St., regarding the city’s plan to shut down the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the town hall will start at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include Andy Byford, the head of the New York City Transit Authority, and Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of D.O.T.

A flier being circulated by the 14th St. Coalition about Wednesday’s town hall meeting.

Members of the 14th St. Coalition — a growing group of residents and businesses formed in response to the city’s intention to shut down the L train — had been hoping the agencies would meet with them privately, as had been promised previously. However, after the coalition and disabled advocates filed a lawsuit against the project last month, the M.T.A. and D.O.T. have apparently scrapped the idea of holding smaller local meetings.

As a result, coalition members are concerned the town hall will be “co-opted” by members of Transportation Alternatives — a group advocating increased mass transit, cycling and walking.

Information from the M.T.A. and D.O.T. on the town hall meeting:


MTA, NYCDOT to Hold Town Halls to Discuss 2019 L Train Tunnel Reconstruction

Agency Heads to Present Service Changes and Answer Community Questions at Two Public Town Halls

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will host two town hall meetings to discuss the Canarsie Tunnel Reconstruction project coming to parts of the L line in April 2019. The town halls will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Auditorium at The New School (66 West 12th St, Manhattan) and Wednesday, May 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at Progress High School (850 Grand St at Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn). The meetings are the latest in a long series of public meetings and workshops that have been held about this project since 2016.

As part of ongoing efforts to engage communities affected by the project, NYCT and NYCDOT senior staff will outline alternate service plans and traffic management strategies the agencies will take to help move the roughly 275,000 customers affected by the closure of the L Train tunnel.

NYCT President Andy Byford and NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, as well as other agency representatives, will be on hand to take questions from members of the public.

NYCT will outline alternative transit services including three shuttle bus routes connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, a new shuttle ferry from North Williamsburg in Brooklyn to Stuy Cove in Manhattan, and a new Select Bus Service (SBS) route along 14th Street in Manhattan.

NYCDOT will discuss proposed street improvements to support travel alternatives during the closure. Changes will include HOV restrictions on the Williamsburg Bridge, the addition of Select Bus Service to 14th Street, new protected bike lanes and new bus lanes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The town halls follow a series of highly-attended open houses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens this year where residents were able to learn more about plan details and discuss them directly with project personnel.

More information on the Canarsie Tunnel repairs and the alternate service changes are available on this dedicated MTA mini-site on the work or on the recently launched NYC DOT L Train Tunnel page.

Manhattan Town Hall

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m.
The Auditorium (at The New School) 
66 West 12th Street,
New York, NY 10011

To get to the event, take the 123456LNQRW to 14 St or the following bus routes: M1, M2, M3, or M55

Brooklyn Town Hall

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m.
Progress High School
850 Grand Street at Bushwick Avenue,
Brooklyn NY 11211

To get to the event, take the L to Grand St or the following bus routes: Q54 or Q59


Coalition members are most concerned about the mitigation plan that would accompany the proposed subway shutdown. Dubbed the “Service Plan,” the mitigation efforts call for turning 14th St. into a “busway” during the 15-month-long repair of the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel, installing a crosstown bike lane on 13th St. and adding a fleet of diesel buses to ferry people to Downtown transit hubs and connections.

According to a flier that coalition members are circulating prior to the town hall, residents are concerned the mitigation plan would lead to “escalated air and noise pollution levels; congested and blocked streets; increased safety risks to pedestrians and bicyclists; restricted building and transportation access for persons with disabilities, the elderly and families with young children; delayed and blocked emergency vehicles; hampered sanitation removal and daily deliveries to residences and businesses; and obstructed customer and patient access to businesses and medical offices.”

In addition, the coalition has launched a new Web site, .

The coalition stresses that it “seeks to promote a solution beneficial to all residents, businesses and commuters affected.”

For more information, contact [email protected] .

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