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L Train Shutdown's Impact on Local Businesses Subject of New Study

By Gwynne Hogan | October 20, 2016 3:31pm
 The L Train Coalition released a survey for businesses this week.
The L Train Coalition released a survey for businesses this week.
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WILLIAMSBURG — The impact of the looming L train shutdown on small businesses along the line is being studied in an online survey.

The L Train Coalition, a group of businesses and community groups who came together after the MTA announced it will cut service between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 18 months starting in 2019, launched its study this week.

“We have not seen any discussion of the quantitative impact of the shutdown for small business," said Felice Kirby, a longtime neighborhood advocate and former owner of Teddy's Bar & Grill who's become a spokeswoman for the L Train coalition.

“Riders and businesses are in this together. As the entire community looks at improvements and mitigation during the tunnel closing, we can also add to the conversation thoughts and needs that the business community has."

Business owners can fill out the survey on the L Train Coalition's website. Responses are due by Oct. 21.

The MTA announced three months ago that it would shut down the Canarsie Tunnel that links the two boroughs while repairs are done to fix damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“We all need to pull together and work as a collective to make sure the MTA provides some meaningful alternative,” said Brian Sahd, 54, owner of Abode, a home furnishing shop at 179 Grand St.

“Hopefully we’ll make it through.”