Although the impending shutdown of the L Train has been causing panic among the thousands of daily commuters between Williamsburg and Manhattan, the city is hoping to alleviate some of that transport stress by creating new pedestrian havens in the affected areas. Architect’s Newspaper is reporting that both Manhattan’s 14th Street and Williamsburg’s Grand Street could be closed off to private car traffic during the duration of the L Train tunnel repairs, which could last up to three years.
Intensive work on the Canarsie tunnel, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, is scheduled to begin in 2019, meaning that the L Train could be shut down for potentially up to three years. The city is considering a variety of ideas to ease the burden for the some 225,000 passengers who commute from Williamsburg to Lower Manhattan on a daily basis.
One possible but still somewhat improbable solution is an East River Skyway cable car. If approved, the proposal to make 14th Street in Manhattan and Grand Street in Williamsburg car-free would restrict traffic to pedestrians, buses and bikes until the L Train is ready for service.
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