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MTA to hold public hearings on L train shutdown

Commuters at the Bedford Ave subway station board a crowded train. (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) will hold public hearings regarding the L train shutdown.

Representatives will provide riders with critical information about alternative travel options they can utilize during the 15 months in which the Canarsie Tunnel will be closed for major repairs beginning April 2019.

MTA New York City Transit personnel will preview measures the agency will take to help move the roughly 225,000 customers who travel through the tunnel each weekday, as well as the 50,000 riders who use the  train just within Manhattan.

NYC DOT will discuss its 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 a new 14th Street busway, along with new protected bike lanes and bus lanes throughout the affected Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Customers are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings, which are open to the public. Attendees may arrive at any time during the meetings.

The Canarsie Tunnel was one of nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive rehabilitation and repair.

The scheduled 15-month closure of the Canarsie Tunnel’s two tubes begins in April 2019.

The open houses will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m: East Williamsburg
    Progress High School
    850 Grand Street, Brooklyn
    To get to the event, take the L to Grand Street or use any of the following bus lines: Q54, Q59, B43.

 

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m.: Manhattan Eastside
    14th Street Y
    344 East 14th Street, New York
    To get to the event, take the to 1 Av or the to 14 St-Union Sq or use any of the following bus lines: M14A, M14D, M15, M15SBS, M101, M102, M103

 

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m: Williamsburg
    Williamsburg Community Center
    195 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn
    To get to the event, take L to Montrose Av or use any of the following bus lines: Q54, Q59, B24, B43, B48, B60

 

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m: Manhattan Westside
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
    328 West 14th Street, New York
    To get to the event, take to 14 St Union Square or the 8 Av or use any of the following bus lines M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20