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Canarsie Tunnel Reconstruction

Current Efforts

In the Subway

The Planning Process

Service Strategies and Alternative Travel Patterns for L subway Riders

  • For most trips, alternate subway lines are expected to be the fastest and most reliable alternatives to the L subway with the greatest capacity. Where possible, New York City Transit will provide alternate service on the existing subway network.
  • Displaced riders from the L subway will increase crowding on alternate subway lines. Where physically feasible, capacity will be increased on those lines to accommodate demand within NYCT loading guidelines, either by running more trains or by lengthening trains.
  • In some cases, additional service cannot be added to accommodate increased passenger demand due to operational issues such as signal constraints and track configuration.
  • Stations also will become more crowded - We will consider adding station capacity (e.g., new stairs and turnstiles) where feasible, as well as adding platform controllers.
  • Bus services can serve markets that are far from alternate subway stations
  • Bus services can also be used strategically to reduce demand on the subway routes expected to be most crowded during the shutdown, like the M subway
  • While passenger ferries have limited capacity, they can connect the Williamsburg waterfront with the east side of Manhattan, where there will be bus connections.
  • New bus routes can bring passengers from areas not well-served by the subway or ferry to subway stations in Manhattan. With this approach, high-frequency shuttle buses can be concentrated in a limited number of corridors.
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