Cuomo gives experts 3 weeks to report back after L train tunnel tour

December 14, 2018 - 9:06 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a midnight tour of the Canarsie Tunnel with experts from Columbia and Cornell universities “to make sure we get the best minds on the globe to review the project.”

After Friday morning's tour, the governor says he’s giving the experts three weeks to let him know if shutting down the tunnel in both directions for 15 months is the best and fastest way of repairing it.

“If there’s not a better way of doing it, if they say that’s the best that can be done, then I feel confident going to New Yorkers and saying that,” Cuomo said.

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L train service into and out of Manhattan is expected to start in April, forcing 225,000 commuters to find alternative ways to get into the city and back home for 15 months.

Canarsie Tunnel
Gov. Andrew Cuomo/Flickr

Residents who take the train into Manhattan, or vice versa, will instead have to take other subway lines, ferry service or the additional buses being provided by the MTA.

Riders like James are preparing for the worst.

“Getting up extra early now, finding a way to get to work on time,” he told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “It’s just crazy.”

Cuomo says repairs will be made as quickly as possible, but Brooklynites residents are expecting a year-long nightmare.

“It’s going to be hard, because then they’re going to be doing these shuttle busses and it’s going to be like cattle,” a commuter named Angelo told 1010 WINS.