Drivers Not Pleased With Plan To Restrict 14th Street To Buses During L Train Shutdown

June 26, 2018 - 1:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A new Department of Transportation proposal to deal with the shutdown of the L Train next year is causing controversy on the streets – specifically 14th Street.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, the city is hoping to make it easier to use buses in lieu of the subway service. Riders and advocates are pleased with the plan.

“It’s something that we’ve been calling for for a long time now,” said Joe Cutrufo of Transportation Alternatives.

But drivers are not so thrilled.

“Traffic’s already a nightmare,” one driver said. “What else can they do to make it worse, you know?”

The proposal is to close 14th Street to all traffic but buses, except overnight.

“L Train riders are going to need as many buses and as much space on 14th Street as they can get,” Cutrufo said.

Cutrufo said a quarter million riders not riding a subway in and out of Manhattan are going to need a boost. But what about drivers like Jeff Staal? Won’t he be stalled?

“I think that would cause havoc for anybody doing any type of deliveries or anything like that,” he said.

Staal fixes elevators, and has seen the ups and downs of Manhattan traffic. But he expects the 19-month shutdown, starting next April, to be among the worst.