Cuomo Announces That L-Train Shutdown Will No Longer Be Necessary

Cuomo Announces That L-Train Shutdown Will No Longer Be Necessary

Less than a month after deeming the 15-month total shutdown of the L-train tunnel linking Manhattan and Brooklyn "vital", Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday backpedaled at the 11th hour and announced a piecemeal approach that will allow the line to still run 24/7. "Even if we manage to limit service suspensions to one tube only on nights and weekends, that will still dramatically limit L train capacity in Manhattan at those times".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the surprise announcement just weeks after convening a panel of top engineering experts to take another look at the L train tunnel beneath the East River to see if there was a way to fix flood damage from 2012's Superstorm Sandy without doing as much demolition and disrupting so many lives.

People had dubbed it the "L-mageddon" for its expected impact on a quarter million riders a day.

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The old plan required crews to remove concrete tunnel walls to access and replace damaged electrical cables before rebuilding the walls - a labor- and time-intensive process. Of those, more than half go through the tunnel. Then, a fiberglass wrapper will be bonded to the tunnel's walls via adhesive polymers and mechanical fasteners.

The new design has been used in Europe, but never the United States or during a tunnel restoration project, according to Cuomo. New walkways will be added to the areas where the bench walls have already been or will be removed. Here's what Cuomo's critics are saying. To increase the system's sustainability, floodgates would be added to the First Avenue station in Manhattan and the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn.

Chaos that prompted Cuomo to bring in a whole new leadership team that has stopped the descent and is trying to turn the system around - in part via the signal-replacement plan that the governor dumped all over in that conference call. Still, skepticism over whether the MTA would be able to implement the plan quickly bubbled up from the members of the press in attendance and on social media. The plan has been presented to and reviewed by the MTA, and it has been confirmed that the report's goals are achievable within a 15-20 month timeframe. Cuomo, for the most part, brushed the concerns off, claiming that each piece of the fix scheme has been conducted individually before. "We need a full public release of the details of Governor Cuomo's idea, as well as the mitigation plans that will allow hundreds of thousands of L train riders to get around during the inevitable shutdowns and slowdowns in service". To offset the decrease in service, the MTA plans on increasing service on several other train lines, including the 7 and G.

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