L Train & Air Quality - A Call to Action

Read this letter sent to 17 Elected Representatives in NY City and State, signed by 43 signatories across downtown Lower Manhattan, requesting that they legislate air quality monitoring starting now and for the duration of the L Train repair project. We are all concerned with health issues related to the degredation of air quality during pre-closure construction and when the diesel bus-a-minute go through our neighborhoods around the Williamsburg Bridge, Kenmare Square, up to and across 14th Street and the neighboring streets that will bear the brunt of diverted traffic.

Use this contact list to call your representative and ask for legislation mandating an immediate air quality study to establish base line readings, followed by air monitoring during the shutdown

Safe debris handling and removal from L Line construction project

There is a cloud of dust from construction, over Avenues A & B. You can see it, and thousands of residents, and people who visit the East Village are breathing it in. AIR QUALITY TODAY and for the entire L TRAIN REMEDIATION IS A KEY CONCERN

Click on the petition to read more…… and see the recent article in The Villager about last week’s East Side MTA/DOT Town Hall where air quality was a key topic.


We are the 14th Street Coalition, a diverse group of people who live, work, go to school, and commute all over downtown Manhattan.

We are so named because 14th Street is the home to the L train in Manhattan and will be ground zero during the L train shutdown for repairs.

We know that the impact of the MTA/DOT's proposed mitigation plan will be felt well beyond 14th Street and that it will adversely affect stakeholders in all parts of downtown Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

We have come together to ask our elected officials and the MTA and the DOT to do their jobs and come up with a plan that strikes a more cohesive balance between the potential needs of displaced commuters relative to the inherent needs of local businesses and residential communities within the 14th Street corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

We created this website so that you can learn more about the DOT/MTA proposed plans for our communities during the L train shutdown and what we are doing, and can do, to preserve our quality of life during that period. 

Under the ACT tab you can sign our petition, download and customize letters and fliers to share with your community, find contact information and suggestions of how to engage elected officials, and find out about upcoming community board and other relevant meetings. 

Check out IN THE NEWS to read about what's been going on, according to the media.

In LEGAL, you can find a copy of the lawsuit filed on behalf of the coalition and others. 

READ MORE has an about us section, as well as links to presentations that have been shared about the project. 

UPDATES is where you'll find the most current info about what's going on.

Stay informed. Let your voice be heard.  Join us.