In January 2019, the unthinkable happened: Governor Cuomo “cancelled” the L train shutdown.
He made it sound like good news. We think the new plans raise as many questions as it answers.
One thing is for sure: the vultures are already circling. Certain business owners are already calling for the Grand St. protected bike lanes and bus improvements to be ripped out and returned back to the same dangerous corridor that has claimed four lives since 2010. These Grand St. improvements remain critical to reducing congestion and building resilience into our transportation network, with or without the L train.
Don’t let them take away what you fought so hard for.
Tell your elected officials that you expect them to fight to maintain the congestion-easing plans that were developed during the L train shutdown planning process. Tell them to keep the critical Grand St. protected bike lanes, bus improvements along the corridor, HOV+3 restrictions on the Williamsburg Bridge and expansion of Citi Bike in North Brooklyn. New Yorkers need a transportation network that works no matter what gets thrown our way — signal problems or superstorms.
Regardless of what happens with the L train, between crumbling infrastructure, unsafe streets, unending exhaust, and constant gridlock, New York City is already in the middle of a transportation crisis. More bus lanes, more bike lanes, and better pedestrian spaces are the only solution.
You've been a strong champion for more efficient transportation in our city. Can we count on you to safeguard these essential transportation improvements?