New York City subway train.

De Blasio rides L train to reassure commuters bracing for shutdown

August 22, 2018 - 7:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor de Blasio took a ride on the L train Monday to reassure commuters bracing for the shutdown that everything will be alright.

After a ride into Brooklyn to the Grand St. stop, de Blasio said he understood how vital the L train is to New Yorkers. He explained the city has decided on a “No L” strategy.

“We’re going to make sure there are plans in place to make sure people can get around,” the mayor said in the station.

The shutdown will affect an estimated 200,000 daily commuters.

“We’re telling people up front: This is a very big deal. This is going to cause some real dislocation,” de Blasio said.

The city plans to provide shuttle buses over the Williamsburg Bridge, which will also have an HOV lane. There will be also be extra ferry service across the East River and more subway service on lines near the L.

“It’s like an apocalypse. A transit apocalypse, that’s what we’re going through,” one rider said of the construction plans.

The Department of Transportation also is planning to turn 14th Street in a busway when the trains stop. There will also be extra pedal-assisted bikes on the streets.