MTA, NYCDOT Seeks Feedback on L Line Service Alternatives

MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast spoke in May at a Manhattan community meeting to discuss future Canarsie Tunnel reconstruction work.

Will you be affected during the repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel on the L Subway line? If you will be, or if you have a great idea for a travel alternative for the line, come see us in February or March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will host a series of jointly held interactive public workshops next month to engage communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn that will be affected by the previously announced repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel on the L Subway line. The full closure of the Canarsie Tunnel’s two tubes will not begin before January 2019, which gives MTA and NYCDOT ample time for a thoughtful development of service alternatives.

The Canarsie Tunnel was one of nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive rehabilitation and repair. It suffered extensive damage to tracks, signals, switches, power cables, signal cables, communication cables, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls throughout a 7,100-foot-long flooded section of both tubes. Bench walls throughout those sections must be rehabilitated to protect the structural integrity of the tubes. During the 18-month rehabilitation process, the MTA will also make significant improvements to stations and tunnel segments closest to the river. New stairs and elevators will be installed at the Bedford Av station in Brooklyn and the 1 Av station in Manhattan, and three new electric substations will be installed, providing more power to operate additional trains during rush hours.

Four workshops in neighborhoods affected by the repairs will be open to the public. Officials from MTA and NYCDOT will be on hand to provide information on the repairs and to solicit community feedback on possible alternate travel options during the planned 18-month closure. These sessions will seek input for traffic modeling and analysis as service plans to minimize impact are being developed. Representatives will also be available to discuss construction impacts, ADA issues, and bus and subway service as it relates to the closure.  

Each workshop will be structured to allow public participation on a rolling basis as people arrive in order to solicit ideas from the greatest number of people. They are intended to help MTA and NYCDOT better understand preferred alternate travel options for impacted customers. They will also solicit community input on alternate solutions such as increased bicycle use, shuttle buses and ferries, and to generate other suggestions. The MTA and NYCDOT are also working with community boards, elected officials and the public to develop alternate service plans, which will be in place at least one year ahead of the 2019 closure.

The workshops will take place on the following dates at these locations: 

February 9, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Eastside of Manhattan
Town and Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street, New York

February 16, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Williamsburg
The Williamsburg HS for Architecture & Design
257 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

February 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Westside of Manhattan
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
328 West 14th Street, New York

March 2, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: East Williamsburg/Bushwick
Progress High School
850 Grand Street, Brooklyn