Full Shutdown of L Train Is Halted by Cuomo


“I don’t know if you can tell,” Mr. Cuomo joked, “but these engineers are excited.”

The new plan means that the L train’s weekday rush hour schedule would remain the same. Trains would run at night and on weekends, but wait times would be longer.

The subway tunnel itself was structurally sound, the governor said, but the problem that needed to be addressed was salt water leaching into the tunnel and coming into contact with electrical components.

“Salt water and electronics do not mix,” Mr. Cuomo said.

A key provision of the alternative plan eliminates the need to replace major portions of the bench wall, which runs along the side of the tunnel and houses electrical cables. The cables were corroded because of damage from Sandy, Mr. Cuomo said.

Instead, using what engineers referred to as a “racking system,” new cables would be mounted on one wall and wrapped in protective material. A new power and control system would be installed, and the old cables housed in the bench wall would no longer be needed.

Last month, Mr. Cuomo, who controls the subway, toured the L train tunnel with engineering experts to see if there was another way to undertake the repair work.

“If there’s a better way of doing it, they tell us there’s a better way of doing it,” Mr. Cuomo said at the time. “If there’s not a better way of doing it, they say that’s the best that it can be done.”

Officials said the new plan also included improvements to make the tunnel more resilient in the event of a storm similar to Sandy. Those modifications included sealing openings that allow water to enter the tracks between the First Avenue station in Manhattan and the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn. The tunnel would also be equipped with technology to monitor its structural integrity.



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