MTA Seeks to Shorten Shutdown to 15 Months; Start Date Pushed to April 2019
Following four public workshops about the MTA’s closure of the Canarsie Tube between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the MTA issued a press release sharing that they are seeking to shorten the shutdown of the L Train, and fund additional improvements. Approvals will be awarded once board meetings conclude this week. Judlau Contracting Inc., is the chosen project contractor and if approved will have $15 million in incentives to finish the tunnel project in 15 months. Starting the closure in April 2019 instead of January 2019 also will allow L-Train riders to only miss one winter season of service rather than two. Additionally, the MTA plans to make station improvements at 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue that will improve customer flow and provide elevator access.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for New York City starting Tuesday, March 14th at midnight until Wednesday, March 15th at midnight.
This system is forecast to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions, including winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts 40 to 55 mph on Tuesday, creating slick and hazardous travel conditions. Total snow accumulation is expected to be between 12 to 20 inches.
Contact 311 to report non-emergency conditions.
Dial 911 for emergencies only.
Union Square Partnership’s Snow Clearing Operations
The USP Clean Team will be out on the streets to supplement the City’s clearing efforts. We complement property owners efforts by clearing snow from crosswalks, catch basins, and around fire hydrants. We ask that our businesses and property owners remain vigilant and work with us to clear in front of their properties so that the Union Square district remains safe and accessible. View more guidelines for businesses during the storm.
Union Square Park
For your safety, please stay out of Union Square Park during the storm.
If you couldn’t make it to the “L” Line Closure Workshops hosted by the NYC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transit Authority, share your feedback about the upcoming Carnarsie Tunnel Reconstruction Project online here.
According to a release from the MTA, the Canarsie Tunnel was one of nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive rehabilitation and repair. It suffered extensive damage to tracks, signals, switches, power cables, signal cables, communication cables, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls throughout a 7,100-foot-long flooded section of both tubes. Bench walls throughout those sections must be rehabilitated to protect the structural integrity of the tubes. During the 18-month rehabilitation process, the MTA will also make significant improvements to stations and tunnel segments closest to the river. New stairs and elevators will be installed at the Bedford Av station in Brooklyn and the 1 Av station in Manhattan, and three new electric substations will be installed, providing more power to operate additional trains during rush hours.
Work on the tunnel is expected to begin in 2019 and last approximately 18 months.
Stay up to date on the latest news by following the MTA and NYCDOT on social media.
NYC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Host Community Workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Photo Credit: NBC New York
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) are hosting four public workshops – two in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn – to gather community feedback on the L Train closure, which is expected to begin in 2019 and last approximately 18 months.
If you and your organization or business will be impacted by the closure, please plan to attend and provide input.
UPDATE: The February 9th meeting is postponed due to snow. Check back for updates.
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER East Side of Manhattan
Thursday, February 9th / 7PM – 9PM
Town and Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street
West Side of Manhattan
Thursday, February 23rd / 7PM – 9PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
328 West 14th Street
Williamsburg Thursday, February 16th / 6 PM – 8 PM
The Williamsburg HS for Architecture & Design
257 North 6th Street, Brooklyn Continue reading →
W Train Offers Weekday Local Service Only; Replaces Q in Queens
Photos courtesy of MTA
The W train is coming back to Broadway (the Avenue, not the stage) as the Q line prepares to make its transition to the new Second Avenue subway route. The W will replace the Q in Queens; the Q will only run in Manhattan and Brooklyn .
We’ve broken down service on the yellow lines below if you’re traveling through Union Square, effective starting November 7th Continue reading →
New and Extended Bike Lanes Along Union Square Park
Expanded bike lanes are in orange, brown, and purple. Map: DOT
Biking through Union Square is getting safer and easier for thousands of cyclists that ride through the Square daily. The City’s Department of Transportation is in the midst of major improvements to the area’s bike network this season, closing gaps and installing protected lanes, increasing safety and mobility for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Take the opportunity to hit the open streets of New York as Citi Summer Streets comes to Union Square for the first three Saturdays of August.
Visitors and locals of all ages and abilities are invited to play, run, walk and bike along Park Avenue, Union Square East and Fourth Avenue from 7 AM to 1 PM on August 6th, 13th and 20th. End your ride in Union Square with a trip to the Greenmarket located on the North Plaza and Union Square West, and further explore the neighborhood with our free walking tour at 2 PM, starting at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street Transverse. Continue reading →