Unless DOT and the MTA carve out street space for the most spatially efficient modes of travel, the impending L train shutdown is going to unleash a traffic tsunami on the neighborhoods around 14th Street. Just try telling that to the West Village residents who turned up at open house on the agencies' L train shutdown plans last night.
Transit riders came out in force yesterday for a rally on 14th Street calling on the MTA and DOT to raise the bar in their L train shutdown plan.
There's a lot to like in the preliminary outline from DOT and the MTA, but if the agencies don't get the details right, transit riders are in trouble.
DOT has a plan to help out transit riders with a network of bus lanes while the L train is out of commission for 15 months, but the agency won’t commit to prioritizing buses throughout the day. The proposed busway on 14th Street will only be in effect during “peak hours,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said […]
North Brooklyn leaders are worried that the L train shutdown plan won't include the transit-priority treatments that commuters and local businesses are counting on.