On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo will embark on a tour of the L train tunnel with a team of “national and international experts” to determine if a 15-month shutdown is appropriate for repairs to the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel. Whether it’s a political stunt, or a sincere display (albeit a last minute one) of concern is up to you to decide, but what you should know is that this tour means delays for any late night L train riders.
At an MTA board meeting held on Wednesday, officials stated that the tour would happen between midnight and 1:30 a.m. on Friday. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., L trains will run every 20 minutes, instead of its usual every 12 minutes in both directions, reports the New York Post.
“The governor will be undertaking a tour of the L line tunnel tomorrow night in conjunction with some expert team that he’s brought in, but also in conjunction with our expert team so we can show them what the specifics are of the tunnel and particularly the challenges we face with such a confined tunnel and quite substantial damage,” said New York City Transit President Andy Byford at Wednesday’s MTA board meeting.
Cuomo’s decision to tour the tunnel was abruptly announced on Monday, even catching MTA officials by surprise. In an interview with WNYC radio on Monday, Cuomo stated that a “number of people in Brooklyn” had questioned him in regard to whether the L train shutdown could be shortened in any way, even though the MTA has had its own experts conduct years of studies, even shortening it from an 18-month shutdown to a 15-month one.
- Cuomo’s L train tour will cause headaches early Friday [New York Post]