Full Shutdown of L Train Is Halted by Cuomo

Of course, the announcement was also celebrated by the many New Yorkers who rely on the line. Shawna Pattishaw, 49, who lives in Bushwick and works in Manhattan, said the change was a blessing.

“I love this,” she said while riding the subway with her grandson on Thursday.

But Mr. Cuomo’s announcement also raised a barrage of questions: Would the new technology work? Has it been effective elsewhere? Why did the governor wait until the last minute to do this? Transit advocates also wondered how much the construction would cost and raised questions over whether Mr. Cuomo had made the decision unilaterally without consulting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board.

Mr. Cuomo appeared pleased to have stepped in to save the day. The decision, he said, would be a “phenomenal benefit to the people of New York City.’’

The authority’s acting chairman, Fernando Ferrer, said the agency welcomed the new plan and planned to adopt it. Mr. Ferrer said the work could take about 15 to 20 months.

But some New Yorkers who already fled Williamsburg and other neighborhoods along the L line were frustrated. Andrew Klawiter was annoyed that he moved from Bushwick to Crown Heights to avoid the L train upheaval, only to have the shutdown called off.

The subway tunnel itself was structurally sound, the governor said, but the problem that needed to be addressed was salt water leaching into the tunnel and coming into contact with electrical components.

“Salt water and electronics do not mix,’’ Mr. Cuomo said.

A key provision of the alternative plan eliminates the need to replace major portions of the tunnel’s bench wall, which runs along the side of the tunnel and houses electrical cables. The cables were corroded because of damage from Sandy, Mr. Cuomo said.

Source link Nytimes.com

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