MTA needs to choose a full shutdown of the L train
May 10, 2016 | 9443 views | 1 1 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brooklyn and Queens residents that rely on the L train to get to work, school or any other important engagement face two daunting options: an 18-month shutdown or three years of seemingly useless service. The full shut down is really the only choice.

The L train has become one of the main arteries of New York City, as neighborhoods along the first – or last, depending on your point of view – half of the line have become synonymous with hipster culture. But beyond the rapidly gentrifying communities there are working class and middle-to-low income people that rely on the service the L train provides.

The trains aren't suddenly empty when you cross under the East River and stop at Bedford Avenue.

So the three-year option that will only be able to service one-fifth of the current ridership will disproportionately impact those with few other options. Those whose commutes are already upwards of an hour; hose who cannot afford to take an Uber on a day they don't feel like transferring to a shuttle bus and back to the subway.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has mostly done the right thing so far by having open meetings to allow the public to have input and by being brutally honest about the work, even it it's not what people want to hear. Infrastructure upgrades are an unfortunate reality.

The agency should commit to the 18-month shutdown, get the work done and make sure the help is there for those who need it with plenty of time for residents, visitors and businesses to prepare. The execution here needs to be perfect.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera
May 14, 2016
I was at the public meeting and I am supporting a full, 18 month shutdown unless there is a cooperative and major contingency plan by both the MTA and the NYC DOT, as well as a cooperative and positive communication between the MTA and the NYC DOT and the general public such as stakeholders, small businesses and residents. I suggest the following: 1) Add more subway cars for the G train service, in order to make it from 300 feet to 600 feet; 2) Add more service on the G, J, M and Z train service; 3) Reopened all of the closed subway entrances in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick; 4) Implement a free, most of system transfer between the Broadway G train station and the Lorimer Street J and M train station; 5) Replace the HEET turnstiles with low turnstiles and put CCTV Surveillance Cameras, in order to deter fare evasion; 6) Add more service along the existing bus services that will be impacted by this closure; 7) Use articulated buses for shuttle bus service; 8) Implement and operate Select Bus Service along 14th Street. If all of these successful, then make it permanent. With the overall construction costs of doing business with NYC are going up because of the aging, complicated and sophisticated infrastructure, it is vital to get in there are get it done, do it as soon as possible.