During the L train shutdown starting in April 2019, the MTA plans to run shuttle buses every two to four minutes at rush hour connecting Williamsburg to Manhattan. Some sort of transit priority treatment is on the table for the Brooklyn streets where those buses would connect to the Williamsburg Bridge, but exactly what DOT has in mind isn't clear yet.
Starting in January 2019, service on the L train west of Bedford Avenue will be suspended for 15 months to allow for Sandy-related repairs. The only way to keep hundreds of thousands of people moving is to dedicate significant street space to buses on both sides of the East River. But at a presentation to elected officials on Friday, the MTA and DOT did not indicate that bus lanes are part of their plan, except on the Williamsburg Bridge itself.
Preliminary travel forecasts for the looming L train shutdown suggest the MTA and DOT are aiming too low with plans to provide bus service for affected transit riders, according to Walter Hook of BRT Planning International.