The L Train Shutdown: “A Lower Manhattan Deluge”

Canarsie Tunnel. MTA Photo.

Canarsie Tunnel. MTA Photo.

If you’re not feeling sufficiently panicky about the L train shutdown coming our way next year, the New York Times chimes in today with a scary story.

The piece notes that, “a large swath of Lower Manhattan will face a deluge” and “seventy buses an hour will stream across the Williamsburg Bridge and pour into the neighborhoods of Chinatown and SoHo, where narrow streets will have to accommodate three new bus routes.”

In December, we first reported the unwelcome news about all of those buses flooding Delancey Street and surrounding blocks. During a City Council hearing, local rep Margaret Chin seemed a little shocked upon hearing about the city’s plan. The Times reports today:

The buses will pour onto Delancey Street, splitting into three routes, including two that will loop through SoHo. Many of the buses will funnel from the bridge onto Kenmare Street, a single-lane road, before turning at the elbow where it meets Cleveland Place.

Councilmember Chin told the Times,“It might look all right on a computer simulation. But in real life, I just can’t imagine it… We just can’t even imagine what havoc it is going to be.”

Chin and many others are also worried about the impact of ride sharing services, which will surely become even more popular when the 15-month shutdown begins in the spring of 2019.

You can read the full article here.