Local leaders want answers after Cuomo axes L train shutdown

January 07, 2019 - 8:07 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Local leaders say there are still many unanswered questions days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new plan that would avert a total shutdown of the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The MTA board still has to vote to approve the plan. On Sunday, leaders called for more transparency and community outreach ahead of the vote.

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined a number of other representatives to voice their concerns.

Adams says too many people worked too hard preparing for the L train shutdown to not know about the governor’s plan earlier.

“It should not be a surprise on how we repair this system,” he said. “How did we find out by surprise?”

Brewer said she learned about the new shutdown plan at the last minute like everyone else did.

Brewer said she and the others still have a lot of questions about the new plan, which will keep trains running as crews make infrastructure repairs to the tunnels beneath the East River.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said she wants to make sure riders will be kept safe during the ongoing construction.

“What will happen in stations that are operating?” Maloney said. “Safety is our number one and vital concern.”

Cuomo’s new plan involves running wiring along the inside of the tunnels instead of knocking out the walls as originally planned.

Work is expected to get underway in late April.