Following a mostly uneventful meeting in Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will now give residents in Manhattan a chance to voice their concerns over the impending L Train shutdown, DNAinfo reports.
The second public meeting will be held Thursday evening at the Salvation Army Theater at 120 West 14th Street. The MTA will once again go over the presentation given to Brooklyn residents last week, where the agency confirmed that it was looking at two options to deal with the Hurricane Sandy-related repairs.
Under one of the options, Manhattan residents would have no access to the L train whatsoever. In this case, the Canarsie Tunnel connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan on the L Line would be shut off for one and a half years. Trains would run between Lorimer Street and Canarsie on the Brooklyn side, albeit on a slightly slower schedule.
The MTA seems to prefer this plan, and is also looking into alternate modes of transportation particularly for commuters along the 14th Street stretch of the L Train — these include a plan to create a dedicated bus corridor.
Under the second option, one tube would be closed at a time in the Canarsie Tunnel for a period of three years. Under this plan, trains would run in two stretches —between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue, and between Lorimer Street and Canarsie.
Trains connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn would however run every 12-15 minutes, and would likely be able to carry only a fifth of the passengers that they do today.
The repair work won't begin until 2019, but the MTA is planning ahead by hosting a series of community meetings in the lead up.
The public meeting will be held May 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Salvation Army Theater at 120 West 14th Street.