L Train CLOSURE updates

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Overview

In April 2019, the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries subway riders between Brooklyn and Manhattan, will close for 15 months to repair damage sustained during 2012's Superstorm Sandy. L train service along 14th Street in Manhattan will be suspended during the closure. With preparations in full swing for the L train closure, the Union Square Partnership is committed to ensuring you have the latest information on the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and MTA’s plans and how it may affect you.

Below find details on construction and implementation efforts that will be taking place in our district in the near-term, key upcoming dates, and resources where you can find additional details on the L train closure and the NYC DOT and MTA’s mitigation plans.

We also encourage  stakeholders and community members to reach out to MTA and NYCDOT with any concerns.

To contact NYCDOT: For additional information about this project, contact Colleen Chattergoon at the DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office at cchattergoon@dot.nyc.gov or 212.839.6216 or visit our website: nyc.gov/dot. To sign up for DOT updates, visit: nyc.gov/dotnews

To contact MTA: To send the MTA a note, please click here. To receive reconstruction project email updates, click here. In addition to submitting your comments today, you can also visit www.mta.info/CanarsieTunnelReconstruction for details about the work as it progresses.


what’s happening now?

Below are key updates on construction and preparations related to the L train closure that taking place over the next few months:

  • Bus and road safety improvements will be implemented on 14th Street from 1st to 9th Avenue, including installation of Select Bus Service fare machines and marking priority bus lanes.

  • Protected bike lanes are being installed on 13th and 12th Streets.

  • A Shared Street will be implemented on University Place between 14th and 13th Streets, including adding curb extensions, adding pedestrian spaces, expanding bikeshare capacity, and adding traffic calming measures.

  • A shared bike lane will be installed on Union Square West from 17th Street to University Place.

  • The L train will be closed the following weekends for preparatory work: November 10-11 and November 17-18. Visit http://tripplanner.mta.info for alternative transit routes to reach Union Square and 14th Street.

In the period leading up to the Spring 2019 L train shutdown, MTA and NYCDOT's most recent plans announced that there will be several 2018 weekend closures taking place. These dates include:

FALL 2018

  • November 10th - 11th

  • November 17th - 18th

Winter/Spring 2019

  • February 2nd -3rd

  • February 9th - 10th

  • February 16th - 17th

  • February 23rd - 24th

  • March 2nd - 3rd

  • March 9th - 10th

  • March 16th - 17th

  • April 13th - 14th

For additional details on work underway in fall 2018, please see the following flyers provided by the NYC DOT and MTA.

 
 

key upcoming dates:

  • October - November 2018: Installation of bus and road safety improvements along 14th Street, 13th Street, 12th Street, University Place, and Union Square West

  • April 21, 2019: Alternative transit services, including the new M14 Select Bus Service, the East River ferry service at Stuyvesant Cove, and new L1 bus service, will begin

  • April 26, 2019: Last day of service for the L train

  • April 27, 2019: L train closure begins

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RESOURCES + PRESENTATIONS

For additional details on work taking place in the Union Square – 14th Street district, please visit our L Train FAQ section.


We also encourage  stakeholders and community members to reach out to MTA and NYCDOT with any concerns.

To contact NYCDOT: For additional information about this project, contact Colleen Chattergoon at the DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office at cchattergoon@dot.nyc.gov or 212.839.6216 or visit our website: nyc.gov/dot. To sign up for DOT updates, visit: nyc.gov/dotnews

To contact MTA: To send the MTA a note, please click here. To receive reconstruction project email updates, click here. In addition to submitting your comments today, you can also visit www.mta.info/CanarsieTunnelReconstruction for details about the work as it progresses.