Evan Haddad


Next week, MTA officials will hold a public meeting in Ridgewood to tell Queens residents more about its plans for that nasty L train shutdown in the not-so-distant future.

Although the MTA recently concluded a round of forums in Bushwick dedicated to the public discussion about the shutdown and mitigation strategy, transit officials have announced that, “in response to local requests,” it will hold another open house. This time the meeting is happening at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council at 59-03 Summerfield St. on April 12 at 6 p.m., Queens Chronicle reports.

The L train doesn’t really go into Queens, except for a couple of stops on the Bushwick-Ridgewood border (that some call “Ridgewick” or “Bushwood”) but thousands of residents in that neighborhood use the line everyday.

The MTA will discuss its mitigation strategy once again, which breaks down (no pun intended) into three categories: subway service, the Williamsburg Bridge, and street design. 

The Canarsie Tunnel was heavily damaged five years ago when Hurricane Sandy flooded it with saltwater. It will close in April 2019 for 15 months.

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