Cuomo: L train tunnel repairs ahead of schedule; completion expected in April

Adam Warner
September 29, 2019 - 3:14 pm
Cuomo tours the L train tunnel

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the L train tunnel on Sunday, announcing that progress is below budget and ahead of schedule, with the work expected to be completed by April—three months ahead of schedule.

“The new ambitious goal is to have everything done and finished, not in 15 to 18 months, but in 12 months,” Cuomo told reporters in the Canarsie Tunnel below the Hudson River.

Sandy flooded the tunnel back in 2012, damaging signals, ducts and switches.

Consultants hired by the MTA suggested shutting down the line altogether for 15 months to make urgent repairs, but Cuomo called the plan off in January and demanded the MTA search for a better way.

“You close down the L train tunnel roughly 300,000 would be inconvenienced,” the governor said.

Cuomo’s plan kept L trains moving but reduced service on nights and weekends.

Cuomo says the new project is “better, faster and cheaper,” as well as cutting edge.

“The technological innovations that were done in this tunnel are extraordinary,” he said.

The L line is among the city’s most crowded subway lines. It handles some 400,000 rides daily, the majority of them running through the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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