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

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

"The tunnel is supposed to close in four months and I just want to be doubly sure that everything that can be done has been done", he said in a radio interview after that tour.

It will keep from the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan from having to fully shut down and with 250,000 commuters that rely on the L train, Cuomo wants to be sure that "as Governor of the State of NY that I can look New Yorkers in the eye and say we have gone through the project, we have gone through the project with the best minds on the globe and this is the best way to do it and the fastest way to do it".

After taking an impromptu late-night tour of the L train's underwater tunnel last month, the governor made a decision to develop his own approach to rebuilding the tunnel beneath the East River. The technology, which was recommended by teams from Columbia and Cornell Universities' engineering schools, has not been used in the US.

Brooklynites had already begun rearranging their lives for the expected "L-pocalypse", with some changing jobs or apartments to avoid the looming commuting snarls.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York City's transit agency, announced the planned L train tunnel closure in 2016.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway, had said the closing was necessary to fix damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when the tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn was inundated by floodwaters.

The plan called for replacing old electrical equipment by removing a damaged concrete benchwall that lines the tunnel and encases power cables.

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Gov. Cuomo unveiled a new plan on Thursday that would allow work to be done only on nights and weekends.

The new plan calls for installing cables on racks along the inside of the tunnels, and leaving the old cables where they are.

During the scheduled shutdown, about 15 percent of riders were expected to take bus service, which was set to be enhanced, and 70 percent of the regular riders were expected to travel on other subway lines.

MTA's L Train service provides 400,000 daily rides. Of those, more than half go through the tunnel.

"The governor's plan may or may not work", John Raskin, the alliance's director, said in a statement, "but you'll pardon transit riders for being skeptical that a last-minute Hail Mary idea cooked up over Christmas is better than what the MTA came up with over three years of extensive public input". The line would continue to operate among Brooklyn neighborhoods.

"We appreciate the dedication and the analysis provided by this group of experts", said Acting MTA Chair Fernando Ferrer.

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