WILLIAMSBURG PUBLIC MEETING ON "L-POCALYPSE" WAS A SHOW & TELL
Leaders of the New York State Reform Party, which has led the fight warning Brooklynites of “L-Pocalypse,” due to the upcoming 15 month complete shut down of the L train beginning In April, 2019, blasted last night’s public meeting by the MTA and the New York City Department of Transportation in Williamsburg as an “8th grade science fair show and tell.” Residents who wanted to give their input at the Williamsburg Community Center had to use comment cards on a table that was not even staffed by officials (photo 2 attached).
Ben Kissel, a Williamsburg resident who highlighted the many negative impacts shutting down the L train would have on Brooklyn during his campaign for Borough President on the Reform Party line denounced the spectacle in which, “The people did not get a proper say in this decision that impacts the lives of almost 400,000 commuters a day. This complete shutdown for 15 months from Brooklyn to Manhattan is completely unacceptable. I advocated for a single track shutdown solution allowing the vast majority of L train users access to their jobs, shops, and restaurants located in Manhattan.”
Unfortunately, according to Bob Capano, Chairman of the Brooklyn Reform Party, the MTA decided on a complete shutdown rather than a limited one. He stated, “This public meeting was nothing more than an 8th grade science fair show and tell. There was no opportunity for real interaction with top decision makers. While the poster boards and easels (photo 3 attached) made the room look great, the public would have preferred a meaningful dialogue. Brooklyn is getting railroaded by the MTA with this L-Pocalypse plan.”
About 225,000 Brookynites use the L train to get into Manhattan each day, with about 400,000 riding along the entire line. The Canarsie tunnel, which is used by the L train and runs under the East River, was flooded with salt water in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy. Rather than closing one tunnel at a time for repairs, which would have allowed for limited service between the boroughs while the repairs took place, the MTA decided to implement a complete 15 month shutdown. This, in spite of the fact that since Sandy the train has remained operational.