Governor calls off planned shutdown of NYC subway line

Governor calls off planned shutdown of NYC subway line

Governor calls off planned shutdown of NYC subway line

After Hurricane Sandy struck New York City in 2012, the Canarsie Tunnel that runs between Manhattan and Brooklyn was flooded with salt water.

The shutdown was supposed to start in April.

The announcement comes two weeks after Cuomo took a personal midnight tour of the L train tunnel Thursday ahead of the big fix project.

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

Under the new plan the MTA will not remove and replace all 32,000 feet of benchwall, a gangway-like walkway that allows workers, or evacuating passengers, to walk along the edge of the tunnel. The concrete bench walls lining the tunnel were damaged, as were the wires and other electrical components embedded behind them. The new scheme presented by Cuomo, a joint effort between the governor's engineering team, WSP, Jacobs Engineering Group, and the MTA, restricts the slowdowns to nights and weekends.

The work could be completed on nights and weekends only, with a single tube providing continued service in both directions during work periods.


The new plan calls for installing cables on racks along the inside of the tunnels, and leaving the old cables where they are. Unstable portions will be repaired, and the rest will remain as is. It uses many new innovations that are new to, frankly, the rail industry in this country.

It will keep from the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan from having to fully shut down and with 250,000 commuters that rely on the L train, Cuomo wants to be sure that "as Governor of the State of NY that I can look New Yorkers in the eye and say we have gone through the project, we have gone through the project with the best minds on the globe and this is the best way to do it and the fastest way to do it".

"No L-pocalypse", acting MTA chairman Fernando Ferrer said. However, after the press conference, MTA board member Veronica Vanterpool told amNY reporter Vincent Barone that the MTA board had not yet been briefed on the plan, and she questioned whether it was truly a long-term fix. "I said, 'I will make sure that, personally, that there's nothing else that can be done, and this is the best option.' And I want to do that".

Even during those periods, trains would keep running.

During the scheduled shutdown, about 15 percent of riders were expected to take bus service, which was set to be enhanced, and 70 percent of the regular riders were expected to travel on other subway lines.

The MTA has committed to four public meetings on the new plan in Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to a release from Brewer's office.

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