If you’re not in New York City, the long-planned L train shutdown probably doesn’t have much to do with you. But in this city, it’s a line that 275,000 riders rely on daily, and its looming shutdown for long-term maintenance caused people to move to new neighborhoods, sell their homes, quit their jobs and even buy motorcycles. Today, New Yorkers got a surprise—the shutdown isn’t happening. This sounds like it could be good, but it’s not, and there’s a bigger takeaway here about how America’s cities plan public transportation. The L train, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. It supposed to be fully shut down for 15 months beginning in April to allow for repairs. Now, Governor Amazon Cuomo, who controls the subway, says that won’t happen. The details aren’t totally clear but an MTA official estimated that the work would take up to 20 months, or five months longer than the full shutdown. That seems optimistic at best, as a previous alternate plan floated by the agency suggested it would take at least three years. Via the Times: Under a new plan unveiled by Mr. Cuomo the work would be done on nights and weekends…. Read full this story
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