ALT-L: Exploring alternatives to the shutdown for L-Train Tunnel Repair

APA New York Metro Chapter


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

New York, NY, United States

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Superstorm Sandy devastated the region and critical infrastructure including the Canarsie tunnels, which provides a connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn for L-Train riders. As the damage to the system was so severe, the MTA needed to plan for and repair the damaged tunnels. The MTA proposed various tunnel closure options and service mitigation plans to accommodate the thousands of subway riders who rely on the L-Train every day.

After an active community engagement process, a 15-month full tunnel closure was selected to begin in April 2019. Mitigation measures including new protected bicycle lanes, a new busway on 14th Street, additional ferry service, and new Select Bus Service Routes were starting to be implemented to accommodate riders impacted by the shutdown. In early January 2019, the plans for the full tunnel closure were modified so that only weekend and night closures of the tunnels would be necessary as new technology has become available.


This panel discussion brings together experts including an elected official, a transportation advocacy organization leader, and a non-governmental advisory council leader. The panel discussion will focus on the public outreach process of the initial plan, the decision-making process to change course of the plan and not do a full closure, the transparency of the process, and the opportunity cost of supplemental transit service in the communities impacted by the partial tunnel closures. The educational purpose of this discussion aligns with the AICP’s core competencies by focusing on Integrity, Values and Ethics; Plan Making; and Relevancy and Professional Commitment


Lisa Daglian

Executive Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC) New York, NY Read More

Antonio Reynoso

NYC Council Member, District 34 Representing Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood New York, NY Read More

Chelsea Yamada

Manhattan Organizer, Transportation Alternatives New York, NY Read More

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