MTA needs to do more outreach on L train service disruptions: Maloney

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wants the MTA to step up its public outreach when it comes to L train service disruptions.

In a letter dated July 15 to MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye, Maloney wrote that that she’s concerned about the “inadequate notice to the public” on planned closures.

“For regular L train riders, the closures will be a major inconvenience and yet, there is very little information available to the public,” she writes. “Worse, the information in affected stations and elsewhere along the line announces night and weekend service every 20 minutes, with no indication that changes are coming.”

The congresswoman acknowledged that the MTA puts a notice in the L train newsletter, which is sent to elected officials’ offices. But she says that’s not enough to get to the public at large.

On July 11, Maloney sent her staff to check three impacted stations in her district: Lorimer Street, Graham Avenue and Grand Street. She said they found no notices at those stations.

“Notices should be put at every L train stop so that people will be able to plan ahead,” she wrote. “There should be prominent signs, handouts and an explanation of alternatives.”

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