Continuing its perfunctory process of holding public meetings ahead of 2019's L train shutdown, the MTA will host a second meeting tomorrow, this time in Manhattan. The meeting will follow the same structure as last week's, it appears: the MTA says that MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast and New York City Transit President Veronique Hakim will be present to provide details on the options under consideration and field written questions and comments from audience members.

At last Thursday's first public meeting, the MTA confirmed that it's choosing between two options for repairs to the Canarsie Tube, which runs under the East River between North Brooklyn and lower Manhattan and was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. One option would close one track at a time, single-tracking trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan for three years with no service between Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street. Alternately, the tube would close entirely for 18 months, with no L train service in Manhattan or between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

As was apparent at last week's meeting, the MTA has more or less made its mind up on shutting down the tunnel for 18 months: it says that under the other option, just one in five of the 225,000 people who want to take the L between the boroughs will actually be able to do so. Plus, the MTA thinks that if it goes with the 18-month option, it can incentivize contractors to complete the repairs in even less time, as they'll have unfettered access to the Bedford and First Avenue stations.

Under either option, the MTA says it will increase capacity on the G, J, and M lines, after completing M train repairs that could displace some Bushwick residents for months. They plan to run full-length trains on the G, increasing capacity there by 160 percent, and believe they can up capacity on the M by some 25 percent. On the A and C, too, the MTA will look into increasing capacity by 10 percent. It'll also look into running shuttle buses, select bus service, and ferries to help spread the burden of off-loaded L train commuters.

Last week's meeting didn't quite live up to what community members were promised—that is, a chance for a real dialogue with the MTA. Rather, MTA officials went through presentations and offered brief responses to selected written questions from the hundreds of people gathered. Seven elected officials also gave speeches at the invitation of the MTA, though several noted that they thought this time would be better spent hearing directly from members of the community. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, who represents North Brooklyn, said in his remarks that "we have to have a different kind of meeting next time, where not only I get to speak and the other elected officials get to speak, but the community gets to speak."

It doesn't appear that tomorrow's meeting will be conducted any differently, as the MTA says it will still be collecting written questions and comments from audience members, but at least this time it has specified that while the doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program won't get off the ground until 6:30 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m. Last time, many people arrived at 6 p.m. only to find the meeting wouldn't begin until 7 p.m., and then had to leave before the MTA got to the Q&A in the final hour—so at least this time, attendees can plan accordingly.

This meeting will take place at the Salvation Army Theater, at 120 West 14th Street. Attendees with disabilities can enter at 123 West 13th Street.