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Activists: L-train shutdown will harm the poor the most

June 7, 2018 By Clarissa Sosin Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Community activists worry that the upcoming year-long L-train shutdown will disproportionately affect poor New Yorkers, Gothamist reported.

Activists said the plan doesn’t focus enough on the low income New Yorkers who will be most affected by the shutdown. They called for a more equitable plan that prioritizes round-the-clock buses, dedicated busways and takes into account the potential for gridlock.

“Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color face the pain of losing a vitally important transit connection, and the added injury of more traffic and increased air pollution,” Eddie Bautista, executive director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, said.

M trains roared overhead as activists from groups like Make the Road and El Puente stood outside the Myrtle-Wyckoff station with a makeshift clock counting down the days until the shutdown chanting in both English and Spanish.

The shutdown is slated to begin in April 2019.

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