The Regional Plan Association has released a new plan to beef up bus and train service for L train riders who’ll need robust transit once the western part of the line shuts down for Sandy-related repairs.
“Fixing the L Train and Managing the Shutdown” [PDF] includes concepts that have been floated before, like a 14th Street transitway, while adding new details like a full service plan for buses replacing L train service. DOT and the MTA, which have remained tightlipped about their intentions and alarmingly reluctant to cooperate, will need to team up to implement these ideas and keep hundreds of thousands of people moving.
At a press conference yesterday, three local elected leaders — Assembly members Joe Lentol and Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron — said they support the RPA plan.
The ideas in the report are anchored by the goal of ensuring that displaced L riders are not relegated to a three-seat subway-to-shuttle-to-subway ride. That means providing direct BRT service to job centers in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, ensuring the shortest possible trip times to other destinations in the city, and adding capacity on nearby subway and Long Island Railroad lines.