L Train Riders May Still Face Challenges With New Plan

January 24, 2019 - 6:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Even without a full L train shutdown, there may still be some aggravation for riders.

An MTA memo, obtained by Gothamist, lays out the consequences of severely reducing service on nights and weekends.

Among the issues include extreme crowding that may necessitate making the First and Third Avenue station's exit only, police keeping crowds off the platforms and waits of up to 40 minutes in between trains.

“This could very well turn out to be prolonged pain,” said Joe Cutrufo of Transportation Alternatives.

He said it’s quite possible that if the MTA board approves Cuomo’s plan, riders can face a “mini L-pocalypse” every night and weekend for at least 15 months.

Cutrufo says: “We can make those L-pocalypses not so painful if we have dedicated bus lanes.”

Though another memo obtained by the Daily News revealed that the city isn't planning to keep the bus lanes created on 14th Street, additional bus shuttles or the extra service on the G, N and M trains.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said any problems that do exist won't be nearly as bad as they could have been with a full shutdown.

In a statement, the MTA said, "This draft document describes a hypothetical scenario that will never exist – one in which there is no alternative service being taken advantage of – which is exactly why we are planning for alternative service. While the new plan allows us to keep the L train running, from day one we have consistently said there would be additional transportation options so that all ridership needs are met. We will make sure New Yorkers have accurate information as we move forward with a plan that will keep the L train running 24/7 and accommodate every single customer.”