What’ll L do?

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Neighbors brainstorm about solutions to ease the inevitable transportation nightmare that will strike when the L-train no longer goes into Manhattan.  Among them is Felice Kirby, cofounder of BABAR and board member of NAG (center)

In mid-February and at the start of March the MTA held two community meetings to give information and get input on what will be going on with the L when the Carnarsie tube shuts down in April 2019 blocking access to Manhattan’s L train stations.

Giant ferries, multiple shuttle buses, additional/extended bus routes, a Grand Street People way, additional trains on the G, J, and M lines, etc. are all proposed ideas.  At both L train meetings community members were given a presentation of the MTA’s conceived solutions and were asked to offer their own possible answers or observations.

An announcement on March 17th brought excitement when the MTA revealed that there was a possibility that the work could be done 3 months sooner than the original estimate of 18 months. “The $477 million contract, to be awarded to a joint venture consisting of Judlau Contracting Inc. and TC Electric, also adds $15 million in incentives to complete the tunnel project in 15 months,” states the MTA Press Release.  The question has been asked, “Can you put a price on 3 months of L Train service? – Is $15M a bargain or too much?”

Turns out the 15-month plan is official — with some stern warnings if the contractor can’t deliver.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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