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January 4, 2019

N.Y.: Tunnel can be fixed without subway shutdown

  • Engineering experts from Columbia and Cornell came up with a last-minute plan to avoid the dreaded ‘L-mageddon.'
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — For two years, New Yorkers have been planning for and dreading “L-mageddon,” a subway rehabilitation project that would have meant 15 months of painful detours for the quarter million riders a day who use the L train to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo abruptly canceled the plan Thursday, just three months before it was to take effect, saying a team of experts had come up with a way to overhaul a flood-damaged tunnel beneath the East River without closing it or even significantly curtailing service.

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