Cuomo Tours L Train Tunnel, Gives Experts 3 Weeks To Assess Looming Shutdown

December 14, 2018 - 12:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a group of experts toured the L train tunnel that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan on Friday morning, with a looming shutdown just months away.

The governor took part in the midnight tour alongside experts that included engineering deans from Columbia and Cornell universities, as well as a consultant team that included former Federal Rail Administrator Sarah Feinberg.

Cuomo said he’s giving the experts three weeks to review the MTA’s 15-month shutdown plan to see if it’s the best way forward. If they decide it isn’t, they’ll be tasked with coming up with an alternative.

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“I just need to know that indeed this is the best and the fastest,” Cuomo told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter. “Frankly, I just want to be able to look New Yorkers in the eye and say, ‘I know this is a pain in the neck, but I am telling you that we did our due diligence and there’s no better way to do it.’”

During the shutdown, which is expected to start on April 27, L line service to and from Manhattan will be halted so repair crews can fix the Canarsie Tunnel’s two tubes, which were damaged during Sandy back in 2012.

The shutdown will affect more than 220,000 commuters.

The MTA is expanding bus service to help deal with the diverted subway riders. Those who regularly take the L train will also have the option of taking ferry service or hiking to a different subway line.