Cuomo Announces an L-Train Reprieve
Stemming from a Report by Engineering Experts from Columbia and Cornell Engineering Schools, the L-Train Reprieve Involves a Series of Recommendations that Would Employ Innovative Techniques to Streamline the Scope and Timeline of the Tunnel Repair Project
The MTA has confirmed that the recommendations can be achieved with full operation weekday service and closures on weekends and nighttime – one tube at a time. It is estimated that the project could be completed in 15 to 20 months.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today accepted the recommendations of a panel of engineering experts that determined a complete closure of the L-Train Tunnel is unnecessary. The report – which followed weeks of extensive review and analysis by the deans and faculty of the Columbia University and Cornell University engineering schools – presents a series of innovative engineering methods to streamline the required repair work and limit the impact on Train service, which provides 400,000 daily rides. Work could be completed on nights and weekends only, with a single tube providing continued service in both directions during work periods.
The plan has been presented to and reviewed by the MTA, and it has been confirmed that the report’s goals are achievable within a 15 to 20-month timeframe. The MTA still plans to implement additional subway service where needed, including on the G , M and 7 Trains.