Even though the L train shutdown is off, political leaders in Manhattan and Brooklyn want to keep some of the contingency plans that came with it.
“Our communities needed additional mobility options long before the L train shutdown was proposed and they will still need them moving forward,” says a Jan. 10 letter from Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and other officials.
During a shutdown, 14th St. in Manhattan would have been dedicated to a caravan of buses running between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The city also planned new bike lanes, a new East River ferry crossing, and high-occupancy vehicle rules on the Williamsburg Bridge.
Many of the contingency plans should be kept, Adams said. The plans “are just as important, really to make that community whole — L train shutdown or not.”
Brewer also wants to see what changes to Manhattan streets can be salvaged going forward, like the 14th St. busway, because of large crowds that pack onto the L train overnight and on weekends.
MTA officials forming a new plan for night and weekend work want to keep the extra trains on the No. 7, G and M lines originally planned for the L shutdown.