Williamsburg residents celebrate the news
Governor Cuomo announced plans yesterday to cancel the proposed 15-month shutdown of the L subway line that was supposed to begin at the end of April. Great news!
What to expect… Reduced service. The new plan calls for full L train service during weekdays. Some trains will still run on nights and weekends as the work will only occur in one of the tunnel’s two tubes at a time.
New renovation method: Workers will mount new cables to the side of the tunnel wall, eliminating the need to remove old damaged electrical components. This plan is estimated to take 15 to 20 months. Good pictorial explanation from the New York Times here.
Heard on the Street: Governor Cuomo: “What these people have designed is the first of its kind in the United States of America.. No rail system has used this approach before. So it really is, from their point of view, exciting. I don’t know if you can tell, but these engineers are excited.”