MTA misery settles now on the M line
Jun 30, 2017 | 8913 views | 1 1 comments | 301 301 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While elected officials play hot potato with the responsibilities of fixing the Metropolitan Transit Authority, real riders are experiencing the ills of an outdated system more and more each day.

Next up to bear the brunt of this decade of ineptitude are the riders in Ridgewood and Bushwick.

This week, parts of the M train will shut down for nearly a year, leaving residents to fight for a spot on a shuttle bus or invest in a new bike. Less than a year after M train work finished, the L train will undergo its major 15-month shutdown.

Some straphangers can’t catch a break.

The fact that work is taking place back-to-back is a shining example of the MTA’s lack of foresight. They’ve seen deteriorating conditions for year at the two spots where the M train is getting repaired. They knew this work needed to be done.

Instead, they put it off and waited until it got so bad that it’s essentially an emergency repair, because they know the line will be accommodating more riders when the L shuts down.

So it essentially took a catastrophe like the damage to the Canarsie tunnel that’s forcing the L train work to get the MTA to actually do anything about the M train. And again, because of their lack of planning, Ridgewood and Bushwick residents are suddenly going to find themselves in a transportation desert.

It’s bad for riders and even worse for businesses. A ton of new bars and restaurants are popping up all over Ridgewood, but the business districts around the M train are soon going to be on an island. It’s not a driver-friendly neighborhood either, so businesses are really going to struggle to get foot traffic from residents outside the immediate neighborhood.

It seems like emergency, lengthy shutdowns could be avoided if there was a smart, consistent investment in our transportation system.
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June 30, 2017
A major inconvenience by the bureaucratic MTA and its contractors and subcontractors for tens of thousands of straphangers of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line: However, after the entire line will be rebuilt after ten months, there will be more and more riders that are using the M in the not too distant future, especially during the L train shutdown.