- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that New York City’s L train would not shut down for 15 months.
- The city had planned to close the subway line, which runs between Brooklyn and Manhattan, for 15 months, beginning in April, to repair two tunnels that run beneath the East River.
- Twitter users expressed divided opinions after reports of the announcement.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that New York City’s L train would not shut down for 15 months. The New York Times first reported the announcement.
The city had planned to close the subway line, which runs between Brooklyn and Manhattan, for 15 months, beginning in April, to repair two tunnels that run beneath the East River. The tunnels were seriously damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The shutdown would have made life difficult for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it. The L line serves a number of commuters who don’t have many convenient alternatives.
Using a new technology that has been used in Europe for tunnel construction – but never in the US and never for tunnel reconstruction – a complete closure will not be necessary, Cuomo said. Teams from Columbia and Cornell universities’ engineering schools toured the tunnel and proposed the new methods.
Before the announcement, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has been scrambling to figure out how to transport the line’s 250,000 daily commuters on buses and connecting subway lines. Experts were projecting crippling congestion on the Williamsburg Bridge and even more packed trains on the few other train lines in the affected north Brooklyn neighbourhoods.
The impending transit emergency caused rents to drop in the neighbourhoods along the L line, many of which are as much as a 45-minute walk away from other trains. Luxury waterfront buildings announced plans for shuttles to Manhattan and other subway lines. Even more audacious hopefuls proposed things like a tram across the river or a floating pontoon bridge.
“This is the shortest, best route to the rebuilding of the tunnel,” Cuomo said.
Twitter users expressed divided opinions after reports of the announcement. Some said they were excited by it, while others suggested the announcement would be most beneficial to landlords.
“The L train is not shutting down? This is major news, especially for us the M trainers. Rejoice y’all!” one Twitter user said.
“Congrats to North Williamsburg and Greenpoint landlords on the reversal of the L train shutdown, it’s always good to see the little guys win one,” another said.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
Plz God let the L train rumor be true. I can't have the shutdown ruining my M train.
— bed stuy guy (@DTenenbaum) January 3, 2019
RIP "RIP the L Train"
— Ethan Fuirst (@lastnamefuirst) January 3, 2019
The L train rethink will be a major win for public health & the environment because it eliminates the need for 200+ diesel buses streaming through our neighborhoodshttps://t.co/75wN8R7ttX
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) January 3, 2019
congrats to North Williamsburg and Greenpoint landlords on the reversal of the L train shutdown, it's always good to see the little guys win one
— Mets Fan Asking Is It Rangers SZN Yet (@ludichrisspeed) January 3, 2019
- Read more about the L train shutdown solution:
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo axes plan to shut down the L Train, saves Brooklynites from commuting hell
- New York’s governor called Tesla to see if the company could help fix NYC’s subway system
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo killed a controversial plan that would have caused commuting hell for thousands of people – but it’s terrible news for people moving to the area
- People are slamming New York’s governor for taking over 2 years to come up with a plan to avoid shutting down one of NYC’s busiest subway lines
- Lyft says it is ‘optimistic’ about Andrew Cuomo’s solution to the L train shutdown after the ride-sharing service ran an ad campaign targeting stranded subway riders
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.