A comprehensive plan to lessen the negative impacts of the L train shutdown was put forth by the MTA and DOT, amid demands from transportation advocates and elected officials complaining the agencies weren't working together or providing enough information to subway riders.
Here's a look at what the MTA and DOT plan to do:
Additional subway service on the J, M, Z and G lines:
- The MTA will provide increased service on those four lines.
- Additional turnstile and stair area capacity will be provided at stations along those routes.
The MTA expects to reopen or expand as many as 24 staircases at subway stations on or near the L line in an effort to stem overcrowding issues it anticipates. The improvements will happen at the Metropolitan Avenue and Hewes Avenue stations, but further details about other selected stations have not yet been released.
- More cars will be added to trains on the G and C lines to increase capacity.
- Free MetroCard transfers will be provided between the G at Broadway and the Lorimer-Hewes J, M and Z station, as well as at the Junius Street 3 train station and the L train at Livonia Avenue.
- The DOT will add new crosswalks, bike parking and pedestrian spaces to the Myrtle and Broadway corridors near the J, M and Z lines and improve crossings around the Nassau Avenue G train stop.
L-Alternative buses will have a dedicated lane across the Williamsburg Bridge:
- The bus lanes will connect Grand Street in Bushwick to Delancey Street on the Lower East Side.
- The city DOT will add High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions to the Williamsburg Bridge during rush hour.
A busway and bikeway will be added in Manhattan:
- 14th Street, between Third and Ninth avenues, will be available only to buses during rush hour. All other vehicle traffic will not be permitted during those times.
- Upgraded Select Bus Service treatments, including a sidewalk expansion and more pedestrian space, will be added to 14th Street.
- Cyclists will see a two-way protected bike lane installed along 13th Street.
- A new pedestrian space will be created on Union Square West between 14th and 15th streets and 16th and 17th streets.
- A new pedestrian area with a bike parking hub will be installed on University Place between 13th and 14th streets.
A new MTA ferry route will connect North Williamsburg with Stuyvesant Cove:
- The Stuyvesant Cove ferry station will connect with M14 Select Bus Service.
- Connections for cyclists at Stuyvesant Cove and the East River Greenway will also be improved.
- A protected bike lane will be installed on Delancey Street between Allen Street and the Williamsburg Bridge.
- Citi Bike provider Motivate will work with the city DOT to improve capacity where possible.
(Credit: MTA and DOT)