L Train Master Plan?

The Story

Governor Cuomo made waves last week by announcing that the long-scheduled closing of the L train—in order to make urgent repairs to the tunnel—was in fact unnecessary. According to engineering experts at Cornell and Columbia, the needed repairs, which can be done on weekends, are not as extensive as originally believed. Is the governor wisely circumventing MTA mismanagement—or taking a shortcut on what looked to be a solid plan? One thing is certain: the MTA needs to get this right.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Capped: Under the new proposal, instead of replacing crumbling concrete tunnel walls, the city would seal them behind a layer of fiberglass. Read more.

  2. “Fireproof”: The new engineers claim that fireproof material will protect electrical cables, but “fireproof” is not a technical term. Read more.

  3. DOT: Prior to Cuomo’s announcement, the city’s Department of Transportation had made extensive preparations to ease street-level transit between Canarsie and Chelsea; now the status of these changes is uncertain. Read more.

“The governor is not an engineer and made an intuitive decision: A handful of academic engineers are right, and the whole MTA was wrong.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

The Obstacle to Bloomberg’s Master Plan By Nicole Gelinas (June 8, 2007)

“It’s called the MTA.”

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