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NEWS: FTA issues environmental finding on alternative service plan for L subway tunnel reconstruction project as a "finding of no significant impact (FONSI)". View the document
Building the Plan for Additional Transportation Options


The MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) have developed a proposed plan for additional, temporary transportation options that will go into effect when there is no L subway train service between 8thAv Station in Manhattan and Bedford Av Station in Brooklyn, starting in April 2019. This proposed plan includes temporary bus, ferry, bicycle, pedestrian and subway service enhancements.

The Process for Creating the Plan


  • May 5, 2016: MTA NYCT and NYCDOT hold town hall in Brooklyn on May 5, 2016, at the Marcy Avenue Armory, the first of an announced series of over 100 public meetings on the topic.
  • Spring 2017: MTA NYCT and NYCDOT conclude transit demand and street condition analysis and begin presenting to officials and the community.
  • Spring 2018: MTA NYCT and NYCDOT present a complete alternative service plan to the public for input. View the current version of the plan
  • July 20, 2018: The FTA and MTA NYCT release their prepared assessment, called the “Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Section 4(f) Review for the Canarsie Tunnel Project.” The 30-day public comment period begins on July 20, 2018. View the document
  • August 6, 2018: MTA NYCT holds a public meeting to gather additional comments on the SEA.
  • August 19, 2018: The public comment period for the SEA concludes.
  • September 2018: The FTA finalizes the process for the review by issuing a report called a “finding of no significant impact (FONSI).” This document includes an attachment with all public comments received and the responses to those comments. View the document


What's next for the Plan for Service Options


The L subway tunnel reconstruction is a transportation project with an unprecedented scale of impact – if the L subway train were its own rail system, it would rank in the top 11 by ridership in all of North America. MTA NYCT and NYCDOT will continue to take input on the plan for alternative service options to ensure that the plan minimizes impact on everyone affected.


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