L train service on nights and weekends will be reduced to 20 minutes between trains. That means if you miss an L or can’t get on a packed train, you’re better off traveling to your destination by other means.
But when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his new L project plan, the MTA and DOT had to press pause on their own mitigation plans. No more HOV lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, protected bike paths or additional ferry service until further notice.
The MTA is adding extra M, G and 7 train service, as well as some more bus options, but that’s it. So how can riders get around?
North Brooklyn neighbors and business owners are rightfully angry that these carefully crafted plans, which were developed with input from the community, were scrapped without any consideration.
Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick are bursting with nightlife and activity on the weekends. Those neighborhoods are also full of residents who work at nights and weekends, and need a more reliable way to go from home to their jobs and back.
But the mitigation plans are not set in stone yet. The MTA is planning four open houses in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next month. We urge all residents, workers and businesses who will be affected to attend and let your voices be heard.
The MTA and DOT need to know that without the proper transportation alternatives, north Brooklyn will grind to a halt. We can’t let that happen.