Councilman Wants MTA To Reimburse City For L Train Contingency Plan

January 09, 2019 - 1:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — One week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that work on the Canarsie Tunnel would not require the complete shutdown of the L train, elected officials are demanding the city by reimbursed for the mitigation plan.

They also want more information on the governor's proposal.

“I’m calling for the city of New York to be reimbursed for all the funding that we put together, planning for the shutting of the l train,” said City Council Transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez.

The MTA responded to his call with a statement saying: "Major elements of the original plan, such as station capacity and accessibility improvements, power upgrades, and resiliency investments will be done and much of that work has already begun. We look forward to working with our partners in government to complete the L Project."

Still, Rodriguez wants the Department of Transportation to put a dollar amount on the table.

Cuomo’s proposal to bring in new European technology would avert the 15-month closure while repairing the Superstorm Sandy-damaged subway tunnel from Brooklyn to Manhattan, only requiring service interruptions on nights and weekends.

But, Danny Pearlstein, with Transportation Alternatives, says details of the plan are hard to come by.

“When you talk about safety, we need to look at the durability of the tunnel walls, and of course, the quality of the signaling that's involved,” Pearlstein said.

Rodriguez plans to convene a February City Hall hearing on the governor's plan and is urging the MTA to testify.