L train will no longer shutdown between Brooklyn, Manhattan: Cuomo

The conversation reportedly came up when Cuomo talked during a conference call about his new plan to avoid a shutdown of the L train, which runs between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Rather than the long-anticipated complete year-plus closure of the tunnel - which was expected to plunge cross-borough commutes into chaos starting April 27 - Cuomo backed a longer-term overhaul that would close one of the tunnel's two tubes at a time on nights and weekends, leaving the line fully operational during weekdays.

On Thursday, with those engineers by his side, the governor announced the end of the so-called "L-pocalypse", canceling the tunnel closures after having come up with a new design to resolve the damage from Superstorm Sandy. In the conference Cuomo said, "Long story short, with this design it would not be necessary to close the L train tunnel at all, which would be a phenomenal benefit to the people of New York City".

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It was less than a month ago that Cuomo toured the mile and a half-long Canarsie Tunnels, which are more than 100 years old, with engineers from Columbia and Cornell universities. Unstable portions will be repaired, and the rest will remain as is. "Smart" fiber optic cables would be installed to detect cracks in the bench wall. "It has been implemented in Europe".

The MTA says it plans to use the same contractors it was initially using to fix the tunnels and hope to keep the project within its $500 million budget. "But the MTA has gone through their recommendations and gone through the new design, and the MTA believes that it is feasible". "I said, 'I will make sure that, personally, that there's nothing else that can be done, and this is the best option.' And I want to do that". "Even if we manage to limit service suspensions to one tube only on nights and weekends, that will still dramatically limit L train capacity in Manhattan at those times".

The MTA has committed to four public meetings on the new plan in Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to a release from Brewer's office.

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