MTA & NYCDOT Release Proposed L Train Shutdown Plan

 Photo credit: Luftschlange / YouTube

Photo credit: Luftschlange / YouTube

Beginning in April 2019, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA") will close the Canarsie Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan to repair damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. The Canarsie Tunnel repairs will result in the shutdown of the L train for 15 months, affecting 400,000 daily riders.  

In mid-December 2017, the New York City Department of Transportation ("NYCDOT") and MTA released a proposal to mitigate the effects of the planned L train closure. You can find a PDF copy of the agencies’ proposed mitigation plan here.

The MTA and NYCDOT will jointly host community workshops across the five boroughs in early 2018 to gather input on the proposed plan from NYC residents, businesses, elected officials, community boards, civic groups, and other stakeholders. We encourage stakeholders to share their feedback on the proposed plan directly with NYCDOT and the MTA at these workshops

Please visit and bookmark our FAQ page for additional information included in the MTA and NYCDOT’s proposed L train shutdown plan. We will continue to update the FAQ page as more details are shared by the MTA and DOT, including the dates and locations for the community workshops. 

 Proposed changes to 13th and 14th Streets based on the MTA and NYCDOT's L train shutdown mitigation proposal.

Proposed changes to 13th and 14th Streets based on the MTA and NYCDOT's L train shutdown mitigation proposal.

While MTA and NYCDOT are currently working to finalize the plan, potential changes that could impact the Union Square district include: 

  • The MTA plans to provide a new Select Bus Service route along 14th Street to help accommodate the 50,000 Manhattan L train riders.
  • NYCDOT plans to convert 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues eastbound and 3rd and 8th Avenues westbound into a “busway.”  The proposed busway will likely have three lanes – one lane that will serve as a bus stop and two lanes for bus and local delivery travel. 
  • NYCDOT plans to restrict private vehicles from 14th Street during rush hour.
  • Several streets that intersect with and/or run parallel to 14th Street, including Union Square West, University Place, and 13th Street, may  be adjusted by NYCDOT to accommodate additional pedestrian foot traffic and bicyclists throughout the neighborhood.
Monica Munn