Riders Demand Details On L Train Shutdown

(DNAINFO)  Gwynn Hogan | July 12, 2017 — Politicians and transportation advocates demanded on Wednesday that the MTA and the city Department of Transportation cough up the details on commuting alternatives during the dreaded 2019 L train shutdown.

The MTA put out preliminary service plans in mid-June which were presented to local community boards along the L train line, but they failed to address many specifics.

Transportation officials are still fuzzy about what additional bus routes from Brooklyn into Manhattan will look like and whether the MTA plans to bulk up service on the A and C train lines to accommodate additional riders transferring from Broadway Junction.

“We’re calling on the MTA and the DOT to announce exactly what to expect. Folks need to know what streets are going to have buses on them, what are the streets going to look like,” said Riders Alliance Executive Director Nick Sifuentes at a rally outside the Lorimer Street L train stop on Wednesday morning, where State Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan, State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and City Councilman Stephen Levin, lent their support.

“Are they going to have bus lanes? Are the buses going to be separated from traffic?” Sifuentes asked. “How are we going to make sure that 225,000 riders are going to be able to get around this city?”

The MTA has said that between 5 and 15 percent of riders getting between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be diverted onto three new bus routes: two routes will run from the Grand Street L train stop into Manhattan and a third route will run from Bedford Avenue train stop into Manhattan.

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