Feb 25, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
With construction set to being on the L train in just two months, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be hosting a series of open discussions to meet with riders and go over its updated construction plans for the project beginning next month.
The four events will be held in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, with two in each borough, during March and April, the MTA announced on Friday. During the discussions, MTA employees will provide updates on the approach of the new construction plan, what elements of the prior plan will remain the same, and will help customers navigate and plan alternative transit routes.
MTA and Department of Transportation representatives will also discuss M14 Select Bus Service—a proposed element of the prior shutdown mitigation plan that has since been suspended for the new project. Planned street treatments will also be presented at the open discussions.
On Feb. 13, roughly a month after Governor Cuomo’s surprise announcement, the transit authority released its revised mitigation plans which lacked many of the previously outlined transportation alternatives. The plans were met with concerns from riders who felt that the bus lanes, bike lanes, increased subway cars on the G line and increased ferry service were all still necessary due to the drastic reduction in L train service on nights and weekends.
The MTA, however, feels that the revised plans will be sufficient enough to support the thousands of daily L Train riders.
“The revised approach to the L Project would be massively better for our customers, the vast majority of which won’t experience changes in services,” said MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim. “We’ve also worked hard to come up with a plan focused on giving customers other options in addition to the L during the weeknights and weekend times. We have a plan for extra subway and bus service, free transfers, and more so customers can pick the best option for them. We’re looking forward to meeting customers to help them plan ahead with the right tools and information at our upcoming open houses.”
The discussions will be held on March 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard, located at 328 W 14th St.; on March 13 at Williamsburg Northside School, located at 299 N 7th St.; March 19 at Grand Street Campus High School, located at 850 Grand St.; and Monday April 8 at the 14th Street Y, located at 344 E 14th St. All open houses will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night.
For more information on the revised L train plans, visit the MTA’s webpage dedicated to the project