State Senator Brian Kavanagh(D-Northern Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan), Assembly Member Joseph Lentol (D-Williamsburg, Greenpoint), Congress Member Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) alongside Council member Stephen Levin (D-Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, and parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Greenpoint, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Park Slope) and, Antonio Reynoso (D-Williamsburg,Bushwick) will gather to voice concerns about the recently announced L train project transportation mitigations and safety plans.
In early January, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an alternative plan to the major restoration project planned for the Canarsie Tunnel that was expected to completely shutdown the train route for 15 months. The new plan will require an unspecified amount of weekend and nighttime shutdowns of one of the two tunnels starting in April to last 15 to 20 months, allowing the L train to run while repairs are made.
On Friday, the group will call on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide more robust and comprehensive alternatives for the North Brooklyn community and ensure sustainable and uninterrupted growth during L train project.
The group aims to maintain an open dialogue with the MTA and DOT about future L train disruptions, closures, and accessibility so that the community’s voice is heard before the MTA makes any long-term service-affecting decisions.
The L Train Coalition (Brooklyn) is a group of engaged stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens. Over 400,000 people use the L Train each weekday and it acts as the lifeline to businesses during nights and weekends.
The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, March 1, at Brooklyn Bowl, at 61 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.