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Tell the MTA How You Want to Get to Brooklyn When the L Train Is Down

By Gwynne Hogan | March 9, 2017 12:29pm
 The MTA is holding the last of a series of meetings aiming to gauge commuter input.
The MTA is holding the last of a series of meetings aiming to gauge commuter input.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — A soaring gondola, a giant inflatable pedestrian tube across the East River, a commuter ferry or ride sharing program?

Tell the MTA how you envision your commute to and from Manhattan without the L train Thursday night, at the last in a series of meetings held this winter to gather feedback from riders along the line.

The meeting, rescheduled following the Feb. 9 snow storm, is slated to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Town and Village Synagogue at 334 E. 14th St. in Manhattan.

Participants at the event will be separated into focus groups to learn about potential alternate routes into Manhattan — like the M, G, J and Z train lines and new select bus routes — and will get to share other ideas they have for commuting without the L with staffers from the MTA and the city's Department of Transportation.

This spring, the MTA and the DOT will release a preliminary plan for alternate service and traffic analysis of the impact the shutdown will have. The agencies will then host more  community feedback events before releasing a final plan this fall.

They'll start implementing the alternate service plans beginning in 2018.  

The MTA needs to shut down L train service between Bedford Avenue and 8th Avenue for 18 months starting at the beginning of 2019 in order to make major repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River, which flooded during Hurricane Sandy. 

Service between Bedford Avenue and Canarsie will continue mostly as normal during that time, according to the MTA.