Earlier this week, the MTA and DOT revealed their plans for ferry service during the L-train shutdown, with proposed routes connecting North Williamsburg to Stuyvesant Cove. However, a recently launched project is floating another unusual solution to the impending L-pocalypse: a pontoon bridge. L-ternative Bridge, created by New Yorker Parker Shinn, touts the pontoon bridge as a cheap, quick-to-assemble option that would alleviate some of the difficulties posed by the shutdown of the Canarsie Tube.
In an effort to create a dialogue about the impending L train shutdown, the MTA recently announced that it will partner with the city’s Department of Transportation for a series of informal town hall-style meetings this January and February. The meetings are scheduled to take place in Manhattan and Brooklyn communities where the shutdown will be felt the most; the first open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 24 in East Williamsburg.
Local officials and other community members feel that the MTA hasn’t done enough to share a contingency plan for the impending L-pocalyspe. They rallied in Williamsburg on Tuesday to complain that transparency has fallen off with just 17 months to go before the L-train shutdown.
Steve Hindy, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a member of the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, is one of the business owners bracing for the 15-month shutdown. Standing outside of The West BK, near the Lorimer stop, he called for “a plan that we can put forward to explain to people how to get to the brewery when the L train goes down.”