Governor Cuomo became L train riders’ hero yesterday when he announced that the 15-month shutdown would not happen after all. Due to a newly proposed engineering technique that has only been used in Europe, contractors believe they can make the needed repairs to Hurricane Sandy’s damage in the same 15-month time frame, but only working nights and weekends–and only one tube at a time at that. That means full L train service on weekdays, and partial service nights and weekends.
This morning, however, Governor Cuomo announced that the MTA board needs to approve the new plan, and called for an emergency meeting.
While nixing the L train shutdown will have commuters breathing a sigh of relief, start-ups such as The New L, a $155/month ride share service, may be sweating it. An additional HOV lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, new bike lanes, and added ferry service may also be on the chopping block. Stay tuned!