This Week: Planning for a 14th Street With No L Train

Map: RPA
Map: RPA

The looming L train shutdown will disrupt travel for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and demands a serious response. In Manhattan, advocates are calling for transitways on 14th Street and Delancey Street when the subway goes out of service. This week you can speak up for robust plan to keep people moving without the L train at a workshop hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, DOT, and the MTA.

Check the full calendar for more info on these and other events.

  • Wednesday: DOT brings its citywide transit planning process to Elmhurst. Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway, Queens. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: DOT and the MTA expect to release a plan for the L train shutdown this fall. In preparation, they’re holding a series of public workshops, and this is the first of two scheduled for Manhattan. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 328 West 14th Street, Manhattan. 7 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee is meeting at the Brooklyn YWCA at 30 Third Avenue, 2nd floor. 7 p.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

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The MTA and DOT did not indicate any plans for busways on surface streets in a presentation to elected officials last week about the L train shutdown. Image: MTA

There’s Got to Be More to the L Train Shutdown Plan Than What the MTA and DOT Have Shown So Far

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Starting in January 2019, service on the L train west of Bedford Avenue will be suspended for 15 months to allow for Sandy-related repairs. The only way to keep hundreds of thousands of people moving is to dedicate significant street space to buses on both sides of the East River. But at a presentation to elected officials on Friday, the MTA and DOT did not indicate that bus lanes are part of their plan, except on the Williamsburg Bridge itself.