Save the Date: L Train Shutdown Open Houses Announced

 Participants at the MTA and NYC DOT's 2017 workshops, where agencies gathered input on early closure plans. 

Participants at the MTA and NYC DOT's 2017 workshops, where agencies gathered input on early closure plans. 

In January and February 2018, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) will host several community open houses to discuss their plans for the 15-month shutdown of the L train.

Residents, business owners, civic groups and frequent transit riders are strongly encouraged to attend these open houses and share their questions and feedback on the proposed plans. MTA and NYC DOT will host two meetings in the 14th Street-Union Square district, as well as several in Brooklyn. Details for all open houses are listed below

  • Wednesday, January 24 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Progress High School (850 Grand Street, Brooklyn)
  • Wednesday, January 31 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, Manhattan)
  • Thursday, February 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Williamsburg Community Center (195 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn)
  • Wednesday, February 14 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (328 West 14th Street, Manhattan)

At these meetings, MTA and NYC DOT representatives will provide attendees with additional information about streetscape changes, and planned transportation alternatives included in their L train shutdown plans. For more information regarding these meetings, please read MTA’s press release.  

 Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

The L train shutdown will begin in April 2019, affecting nearly 400,000 daily riders in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Based on the recent proposal shared by MTA and NYC DOT, we expect changes to be made to key corridors and transit routes within the 14th Street-Union Square district.  Proposed elements include transforming 14th Street into a “busway” restricted to buses and truck traffic, instituting a new Select Bus Service along 14th Street, creating a protected two-way bike lane on 13th Street, and expanding pedestrian walkways and bike amenities.

Please visit our L Train FAQ page for more details on the proposed transportation service changes and potential implications for the 14th Street-Union Square community. We will continue to update this resource as new information is available. 

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