In a relief to L train customers, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn won’t be completely closed for 15th months starting April 27th but will instead offer modified service

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Questions still surround Cuomo’s plan to avert L-train shutdown

January 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Will the L-train between Bedford Ave, Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan be shut down completely in April? For 15 months? Or partially, as the governor's last-minute plan dictates?

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There are 400,000 straphangers who want to know.

On Tuesday, the MTA was meeting to talk about the process, whichever plan is chosen.

"How many hours after the night's work do you anticipate will be required to clean that up and make it safe for the riders, and during the work how do you protect the workers in the tunnel?" Andrew Albert asked.

Albert is with the New York City Transit Riders Council. He's concerned about the silica dust that will be produced in the Canarsie tunnel.

"I think we'll develop a plan, now that everything is somewhat different. But I anticipate a plan where the workers clean as they go, and then have some time at the end of the shift, set aside some time to do some additional cleaning, and use means and methods to capture silica as they work," Judlau Contracting, Warren Goodman said.

The clock is ticking on a vote for which plan to approve. The existing plan has a full shutdown coming in April.