Maloney Celebrates MTA’s Decision to Include Additional Shuttle Bus from Bedford Ave to 14th Street During L Train Shutdown
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) celebrated the news that the MTA will be adding another shuttle bus route from Bedford Avenue to 14th Street as part of the mitigation plan for the L Train shutdown. Maloney advocated on behalf of her constituents to the MTA in support of this shuttle route after attending local meetings and hearing the concerns of the community.
“Roughly 60,000 commuters board the L Train in my district every weekday,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “The MTA has told me that more than 28% of L Train users currently end their commutes at 14th Street, but for residents of my district who live near the river, the original plan left them in Nolita transferring to yet another subway or forced them to take the L deeper into Brooklyn to board a shuttle bound for 14th street. Mitigation needs to provide real alternatives so people can get to their destinations. I believe it is absolutely essential to have this 14th Street shuttle bus that will go where many Northside residents want to go. I am thrilled that the MTA has taken our concerns into consideration and is adding this additional shuttle route as part of the mitigation plan.”
The original plan proposed two shuttle bus lines from Grand Street (one to Nolita and one to 14th Street) and only one from Bedford Avenue—terminating at Nolita where most commuters would have to transfer to another subway line— despite the fact that Bedford Avenue has an average weekly ridership nearly 4 times that of Grand Street. The additional shuttle route from Bedford Avenue will save Northside residents 20 minutes or more of commuting time.