Governor Cuomo Proposes Plan to Keep L Train Open (Jan 3)

Governor Cuomo has halted the shutdown of the L Train! Recommendations to take a different path to repairs will allow the L Train to remain operational 7 days a week, with work done on nights and weekends. A huge relief to the hundreds of thousands of us dreading the closure.

Check out the NY Times articles.

Once the plans are agreed to, the Coalition remains concerned about the above ground traffic changes that the MTA/DOT has already partly implemented.

L Train & Air Quality - Air Monitors Planned Bus Routes (Nov. 2018)

MTA President Andy Byford has committed to monitoring the air quality along the L-shutdown bus routes. The Nov. 15th Villager article states: “this is a direct result of months of protest by local residents” which culminated in our letter to 22 elected and appointed officials which was signed by 43 downtown organizations. We will continue to follow-up with our Community Boards and the MTA for details of the monitoring plans.

Findings on Environmental Assessment of L Train Project - Sept 13th

By now you have likely seen the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)'s  environmental finding on the alternative service plan for the L Tunnel Reconstruction Project and to our testimonies.  You can view the full document here.

As approved by the FTA, the MTA/DOT has initiated repaving portions of 14th Street, milling street surfaces to remove markings and installation of SBS ticketing kiosks onto sidewalks.

However, the DOT/MTA alternative service plans are not yet final and so we will continue to advocate for our community and to work with our elected officials to be sure that whatever plans are eventually implemented take into full consideration our community concerns.

CB5's Resolution Regarding the L Train Shutdown

The 14th Street Coalition appreciates Community Board Five's invitation to present and discuss our recommendations which have been included into their list of priorities to amend the NYC MTA & DOT proposed L Train shutdown mitigation plans.  We support CB5's entire Resolution and urge the MTA & DOT to address these concerns to best ensure successful plan implementation.

CLICK HERE to read CB5's Resolution.

MEETING: Wednesday, June 27th beginning at 1 pm with New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez


Wednesday, June 27th beginning at 1 pm.  All the details are in the message below, including an RSVP link.

You'll need to sign-up when you arrive to get 2 minutes to speak.

If you can't attend the hearing, you can submit comments via email - see more info in the letter.


The 14th Street Coalition


Dear New Yorker:

Next Wednesday, June 27th, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez will be co-hosting a public oversight hearing to evaluate the latest mitigation plans for the 2019 L train tunnel closure.

If you're one of the hundreds of thousands New Yorkers who will be impacted when the MTA shuts down the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 15 months for repairs beginning in April 2019, we invite you to attend this important hearing. 

The hearing will begin at 1 pm in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Brookdale Center, located at 55 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (map).  We expect it to go into the early evening depending on the number of people who show up to testify.  

If you plan on attending, we encourage you to RSVP to help us know how many people we should anticipate.  Click here to RSVP.

Public testimony will begin immediately following the testimony of any invited experts and will generally be limited to two (2) minutes per person to allow as many residents as possible to present their views.  

For those planning to testify in person, please be sure to register with the sergeant-at-arms at the Center as soon as you arrive at the hearing.

If you can't make it to the hearing but would still like to make your voice heard, you can also submit written testimony to the City Council by emailing with the subject line: L TRAIN SHUTDOWN TESTIMONY.  Written testimony will be accepted until the close of business (6 pm) on Friday, June 29th.

Below is a flyer with additional details about the hearing that you can share with your family, friends and neighbors.

Details about the L train closure are available via MTA New York City Transit and the NYC Department of Transportation.

We thank you in advance for any testimony that you provide and hope you can join us next Wednesday.


 New York City Council

Meeting Minutes: L Train Community Board Task Force

Beginning in March 2018 the 14th Street Coalition made multiple requests to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to call a joint meeting of Community Boards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to discuss the impact of the proposed MTA/DOT Mitigation Plan on their communities, share common concerns, view the broader impacts, and coordinate responses.  The result was the formation of the L Train Community Board Task Force.  They held their first meeting May 24th, 2018.

The minutes of the meeting are as follows:

Meeting Minutes: L Train Community Board Task Force

Thursday, May 24that 10:00 AM

Attendees:Terri Cude (Chair, CB 2), Shirley Secunda (Transportation Chair, CB 2), David Crane (Transportation Chair, CB 3), Christine Berthet (Transportation Chair, CB 4), Vikki Barbero (Chair, CB 5), Wally Rubin (Chair, CB 6), Gene Santoro (Transportation Chair, CB 6) Patrice Comerford (Speaker Johnson), Ben Jacobs (CM Powers), Gaby Dann-Allel (Mayor’s CAU), Elena Sorisi (Sen. Hoylman), Matt Tighe (AM Gottfried), Ting Ting Zhao (AM Niou), Dan Lee (AM Niou), Fiona Jung (Sen. Kavanaugh)

Goal Setting for Task Force

 Meeting Dates and Logistics

-       Likely a Thursday or Friday at the end of each month in the early morning (9/9:30 AM) to allow for meeting attendees to not have conflicts with work. 

-       Looking to hold 6 meetings this summer with recommendations offered to MTA/DOT in Fall 2018.

Discussion of Future Agenda Items

-       Bike lanes, ferries, HOV lanes/ Williamsburg Bridge, 14thStreet- residential issues, mitigation of side streets traffic congestion, G train in Brooklyn, ADA subway stations, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 2-way tolls, Kenmare/Little Italy loop and shuttle buses, Busway implementation. Dropping passengers off at other subway stations, subway platform capacity, lack of modeling/simulations, and congestion from folks moving or trying to get to and from the airport, vulnerable populations, water tunnel, sanitation pickup concerns. NYPD enforcement, plans for displaced vehicles, bus turnarounds (shuttle buses-M1, M2, M3, M15, SBS), sidewalk widening for pedestrians, more transparency from agencies.

-       GAB: We will reach out to MTA/DOT for a bus tour of impacted area during a weekday to simulate re-routing due to the shutdown. 

Task Force Invitees for Selected Meetings

-       14thSt Coalition


-       DIBA (Downtown Independent Business Alliance)

-       Union Square Partnership

-       Meatpacking BID

-       Regional Planning Association

-       LES Partnership

Community Board L Train Resolutions

Community Board 2

-       Less vehicular traffic, making the HOV-3 (24 hours) and designated for all East Side Bridges, encourages DOT to do advance modeling for bike lanes, calls for ADA accessibility for each impacted train station, Busway should not just be for peak hours, look at two way bike lanes on 13thStreet and proposed support for a westbound bike lane on the north side of 13thStreet because of City and Country School and not wanting to disrupt drop-off/pick-up.

Community Board 3

-       FEIS study, implement an HOV-3 lane in advance, implement the 14thSt Busway and SBS run in advance at least by 6 months to model for any potential changes. Evaluations of impact are made public and discussed through the duration of the shutdown. Community needs an immediate method of addressing complaints and speaking with a MTA representative. Closures of activities around Union Square (Winter Holiday Market and Essex Crossing development need to be incorporated into final shutdown plans. 

Community Board 4

-       Mitigating sidewalks, off-board fare collection be set up to facilitate faster boarding for customers. Calls for the pedestrian tunnel between 6thand 8thAvenues to be reopened to mitigate surface level overcrowding. Ferry Service should be extended to Pier 57, environmental concerns about the use of diesel buses. 

Community Board 5

-       No resolution yet, but concerned about enforcement of traffic regulations, safety, access-a-ride, adequate seating for vulnerable populations and seniors, safety of pedestrians and cyclists should be considered. 

Community Board 6

-       No formal resolution but had notes from Transportation Committee meetings.3rdAve will be the Busway starting point, but what about people living from Avenue C to 3rdAve, look at effect if people decide to use taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, other ridesharing vehicles, using the Waze app to see where there’s real-time congestion and issues. Bus passenger drop-off at 14th/15thStreet and 1stAvenue, concern about sidewalk congestion and not enough staging room to accommodate passengers. Additional Citibike corrals, siting and signage needed.

Next Steps

-Coordinate bus tour with MTA/DOT during a week day for late June/early July.

-Disseminate meeting notes to stakeholders. 

-Set time for next taskforce meeting.