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STOP the FIVE WEEKEND “L" Train Closure scheduled for April/May

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STOP the FIVE WEEKEND “L" Train Closure scheduled for April/May

The MTA has plans to do service on the L train for NINE long weeks every evening from midnight to 5AM and FIVE entire weekends in April and May from midnight on Friday evening until 5 am Monday morning, meaning there will be no service between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 5 solid weekends.

As you are aware by the amount of traffic on the L train over the weekends, Brooklyn is a cultural destination point for Manhattanites and tourists, who make a day of supporting the local businesses and galleries followed by an evening of dining and entertainment. Each gallery, restaurant and retail shop relies heavily on this weekend traffic.If people cannot easily get the neighborhoods along the L line, like Williamsburg and Bushwick, all businesses suffer immeasurably. When the L train closed for a number of weekends several years ago, many businesses in Williamsburg were so sorely impacted they were forced to close. This closure will surely have the same devastating effect.

The L train is our lifeline to Manhattan and these particular dates cut deep into the heart of the spring season – our most crucial time.

We appreciate the MTA needs to do repair work but this timing is the worst. If the MTA insists that 5 consecutive weekend closures are needed for this work, we would like the work to be delayed until August, when tourism and ridership is reduced and many businesses keep limited summer hours.

As a restaurant,retail shop, gallery, or resident we need you to sign this petition so we can present it at an MTA meeting scheduled for next week.

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