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Elected Officials To De Blasio: Transportation Alternatives Are Needed Fast Ahead Of L Line Shutdown

May 21, 2018 - 7:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A group of politicians wants to know what is taking so long – 11 months before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority shuts down the L Train service, there are still no concrete alternatives for how to get around.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio received a letter from 12 elected leaders, calling on him to send as many buses as possible.

Among those to sign on was New York state Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn).

"We provide mass transit alternatives,” Kavanagh said. “It's the best way to avoid congestion and to also be environmentally responsible."

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said part of what they are looking for is a finalized plan – and fast.

"Eleven months before the planned tunnel closure, there's too much uncertainty that lingers in the air," Adams said.

The elected officials all share a concern.

"We don't want people to be in a car – whether it be a taxi, an Uber, a Via, or a private car,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. “We want to keep them on public transportation or a bicycle as much as possible, or on a ferry."

The elected officials are also asking the mayor to keep in mind that an alternative is needed to get people around 24/7 – not just during the day.