Subway Shutdown in NYC Could Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

Subway Shutdown in NYC Could Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

It’s still a few years off, but many people in New York City are already preparing for the impending shut down of the L train. The L is one of many lines of the subway that carries people from Brooklyn to Manhattan, and vice versa, often during the peak of rush hour. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to shut down the only tunnel that carries the L train underneath the East River in January of 2019 for a year or more to repair serious damage that was caused by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.

During the hurricane, more than 7 million gallons of floodwater rushed into the L train’s tunnel, and according to the city’s officials, repairs are not optional. The city determined that a full shutdown for a short period of time was preferable to a partial shutdown for a longer period of time. Commuters and residents, however, may or may not agree.

While the repairs do indeed need to be made to the tunnel, the L train closure raises some serious public transportation issues for the 300,000 people in Brooklyn and the surrounding areas that use it daily. If they relied on the subway to get them where they needed to go before, what are they supposed to do when it shuts down?

The plan is to implement new bus rapid transit routes.

According to Wired, the city plans to increase bus availability to the residents of Brooklyn by adding new devoted bus lanes, putting more buses on the road, and figuring out a way to clear the cars and business delivery traffic out of the way to make room for the new bus traffic. If the city, residents, MTA, and bus drivers can all cooperate, this closure can be a success story, but for a city that relies heavily on underground transportation, the transition to buses may need a little bit of encouragement, perhaps from a city like Grand Rapids, MI.

The Best Bus Tour Cities in the U.S.

San Fran Bus Tour

Seeing an unfamiliar city by bus is a great way to take in some of its most popular landmarks and attractions. Some of these tours cruise around entire cities, while others focus more on individual neighborhoods and destinations. Just about every major city offers some sort of bus tour to visitors, but a few go above and beyond to give out-of-towners a memorable experience. So never mind the Segways; today we’ll look at a few of the best bus tour cities in the country.

San Francisco

The Golden Gate City is home to a diverse selection of bus tours, including night tours that afford visitors the opportunity to catch a unique view of the city after dark. Other tours allow visitors to hop on and off at will to stop and see the sights. These tours trek through some of the city’s most colorful neighborhoods, and stop at a number of must-see attractions including Chinatown and Pier 39. And of course no tour of San Francisco would be complete without a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.

New York City

Anyone who’s ever driven through the streets of Manhattan knows that there’s an added incentive to taking a bus in the Big Apple. Fortunately, New York City’s bus tours are widely regarded as some of the best in the world. These tours provide tourists with a stress-free way to get an up-close look at the city that never sleeps. You can also find themed tours, such as one that takes passengers to the sites where scenes from famous movies have been filmed. In New York City, there’s truly a bus tour for everyone.


It might be windy, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful urban design in the country. You could easily spend days cruising around the streets of Chicago before you run out of sights to see. Many of Chicago’s bus tours are hop-on-hop-off tours that allow visitors to stop and check out the areas they’re most interested in. Swing by historic Wrigley Field, snap a photo in the Cloud Gate and stop to catch a breathtaking view of the city at the Willis Tower Skydeck.
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