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Judge Blocks City's Transit Plan For 14th Street Busway

June 30, 2019 - 1:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The state has put the kibosh on a plan to limit parts of 14th Street to bus traffic during the L train partial shutdown.

The new M14 select bus line will start as scheduled on July 1, but the plan to restrict most private car traffic on 14th Street won’t go forward after a state Supreme Court judge blocked the plan – a plan the NYC Department of Transportation calls a “critical project.”

The plan was to make 14th Street between 3rd and 9th avenues a less congested corridor for buses, and to provide a faster commute for those taking the M14 bus during the L train repairs.

Attorney Arthur Schwartz represents a group of people living in the surrounding area who say there was no environmental review done on how their neighborhood might be affected by banning most car traffic on 14th Street. They believe it will increase air pollution where they live.

“The city can’t just come in and decide to change an entire community without proper analysis and consultation and consideration of alternatives to what it wants to do,” Schwartz told WCBS 880.

Residents have filed a lawsuit to stop the new plan. A state Supreme Court judge recently ruled that the DOT needs an environmental review just days before the new busway was scheduled to start.

The DOT calls the decision disappointing, saying it will impact thousands of bus riders every day.