As we reported earlier this week, the MTA has taken a glacial approach to coming up with an alternative transit plan for commuters who will be affected when L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn shuts down for 15 months beginning in April 2019. But, lo and behold! It’s here! The MTA’s transit plan.
The big fix? Busses and bike lanes.
- The MTA plans to create a dedicated “busway,” and upgrade Select Bus Service along 14th street.
- While the DOT refuses to designate bus lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge, the outer-deck of the span will be a dedicated HOV3+ lanes at rush hour, catering to busses, trucks and vehicles making right turns.
- Bike traffic is expected to double, so 13th will feature Manhattan’s first two-way protected crosstown bike lane.
- There will be new pedestrian space around Union Square, and bike parking on University Place
- Delancey Street will get a protected bike link to the Williamsburg Bridge.
But, the MTA estimates that 80% of the 225,000 riders who take the L between Manhattan and Brooklyn every day will seek alternate subway routes, and thereby turn to the G and J/M/Z trains (oy!).
- Commuters can expect increased service on those lines, as well as higher capacity G and C trains.
- There will also be free MetroCard transfers between the Broadway G and the Lorimer and Hewes JMZ trains.
- Free transfers will also be available between the 3 train at Junius St. and the L at Livonia Avenue.
- On the weekend, and overnight, the M will run to 96th Street/2nd Avenue.
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