On January 3, 2019, Governor Cuomo and MTA announced a new plan to repair the L train tunnel. 

During the tunnel repairs, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide affected residents with alternative ways to travel.

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L train service will continue as normal during peak and midday weekday times. Service on the L train will be reduced nights and weekends.

This service plan is in effect on nights and weekends through Summer 2020.

Weeknights:

  • 10 PM to 5 AM, with service ramping down at 8 PM, L trains run every 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan and every 10 minutes within Brooklyn. Service will ramp down starting at 8 PM to make room for work trains.
  • Overnight, between 1:30 AM and 5 AM, the service runs at its normal frequency, with L trains running every 20 minutes.

Weekends:

  • 10 PM Friday until 5 AM Monday, with service ramping down at 8 PM Friday, L trains run 20 minutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and every 10 minutes within Brooklyn.
  • Overnight, between 1:30 AM and 5 AM, service runs at its normal frequency, with L trains running every 20 minutes.

Learn about related L train service changes and view the MTA's service alternatives map.

Union Square Pedestrian Spaces

DOT is proposing permanent pedestrian spaces in Manhattan on:

  • Union Square West between 14th and 15th Street
  • Union Square West between 16th and 17th Street
  • University Place between 13th and 14th Street

University Place will be a shared street, allowing through vehicles to access 13th street, and two blocks of Union Square will be closed to vehicular traffic and dedicated to pedestrian access.

Bike Lane Proposals

12th and 13th Streets

DOT proposing permanent bike lanes on 12th Street eastbound and 13th Street westbound in Manhattan.

Grand Street

To encourage bicycling during the L Train Project, DOT is proposing permanent protected bike lanes in both directions on Grand Street, Brooklyn to ensure cyclist safety along this corridor.

DOT will implement a Transit and Truck Priority Street pilot project, lasting 18 months, along 14th Street. 

Traffic Restrictions

Starting Monday, July 1st, private vehicle travel will be restricted on 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues from 6 AM to 10 PM daily.

Drivers will be allowed to access each block on 14th street if they are fulfilling pick-ups or drop-offs, but bus lane rules will require these vehicles to make the next right turn.

Trucks will be allowed to make through trips along 14th Street and will be required to make the next right turn, however left turns will be restricted.  

Bus Routes

MTA will provide bus riders with a new M14 Select Bus Service across 14th Street. Customers must pre-pay for the trip prior to boarding the bus using either their Metro Card or coins at kiosks located at each stop.

Throughout the summer, DOT will install Citi Bike stations for the Bushwick community in an effort to accommodate residents with a safe and reliable alternative during the L Train Project. 

Learn more about New York City Bike Share.