Over the past couple of weeks, the MTA has increased their communication with commuters due to the upcoming repairs on the Canarsie Tunnel. With the new schedule of the L Train being put in place tomorrow, there’s a few changes that New Yorkers need to get used to over the next year and a half.
Although the MTA has been vigilant with providing in-depth information on the changes that can be expected, there’s still some confusion going around with how the city’s going to handle the reduced schedule of the L line on nights and weekends. Hopefully, this article will clear some of the unanswered questions up and summarise the main points that you need to know.
Starting tomorrow, April 26th at 8 p.m. the reduced schedule will affect operating times during the night time and weekends, to make space for the necessary renovations that need to happen after the damage from Superstorm Sandy. As of now, the MTA have announced that the projected timeline is between 15 to 20 months, but they’re aiming to keep it closer to 15.
Naturally, New Yorkers are stressing out over the available transport alternatives during the L Train project, which is why Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that buses, trucks and emergency vehicles will be given priority over cars, on 14th Street from Third to Ninth avenues (this stretch has been highlighted as the “busway” on the L train shutdown mitigation plan). Expected to last a total of 18 months, the goal is to improve riders journey time and get them where they need to be on time… especially on one of the city’s busiest streets. Other arrangements include permanently keeping the bike lanes on 12th and 13th Streets and adding a new one to Grand Street in Brooklyn.
For more information, check out the informational video by the MTA below:
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