“L” Train Nightmare to Cause Transit Woes

Encore: June 30, 2016

Every day, 225,000 commuters take the “L” train to shuttle between Brooklyn and Manhattan. But soon, they will be looking for a new way to get around. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering two proposals, slated to take effect in 2019 that would repair a subway tunnel badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. One plan would call for a complete shutdown of the tube while the other would drastically reduce service on one of the city’s busiest subway lines and take twice as long to complete. Both scenarios have straphangers frustrated, questioning why the shutdown is necessary and how they will get around. Vincent Barone, transportation reporter for amNewYork, is on the story. He joins us to break down both options and tell us what a shutdown would mean for New York City.


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