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Transit advocates: Keep ‘L-pocalypse’ mitigation plan during 'slowdown'

February 06, 2019 - 1:07 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Subway riders may have been spared the total L train shutdown that was planned for upcoming tunnel repairs, but transit advocates are hoping the “L-pocalypse” mitigation plan won’t be dropped during the new L train "slowdown."

Erwin Figueroa, of Transportation Alternatives, pointed to the M14 and its slow crawl along the street.

“A bus that every day travels 4 mph. That’s barely above walking speed,” Figueroa said.

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That’s why he joined with local leaders to ask city and state officials to keep the transportation options that were proposed when the L train was supposed to be shut down completely.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman says even with the new plan, the limited overnight and weekend service will be awful.

“Up to 40 minute wait times for straphangers – that’s unacceptable,” he said.

Advocates want to keep a dedicated bus lane, put one on the Williamsburg Bridge and limit private vehicles.