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Cuomo calls off planned L-train shutdown

January 3, 2019 By Deepti Hajela Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s calling off a planned 15-month shutdown of a critical subway link between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The surprise announcement Thursday came after years of planning for the upheaval expected to be caused by the temporary closure of the L-train tunnel across the East River.

The shutdown was supposed to start in April.

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People had dubbed it the “L-mageddon” for its expected impact on a quarter million riders a day.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had said a full shutdown was the best way to repair flood damage caused by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

But Cuomo unveiled a new plan that won’t require a complete closure, with the needed work being done on nights and weekends.

Even during those periods, trains would keep running.


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