INSIDE THE L-POCALYPSE

A new film project “End of the Line” documents the inside story of the L-train shutdown that never was and the profound impact it had on thousands of New Yorkers.

Aired on February 24, 2020. 

TRANSCRIPT

> DEMO EVENING AND WELCOME TO DEMOROFOCUS.'

I'M DEMOEL PI ROMAN.

IT WAS TO BE DEMOAPS THE DEMOTEST PLANNED DISRUPTION TO NEW DEMO CITY PUBLIC DEMOSPORTATION IN HISTORY.

THE DEMOSION IN 2016 TO DEMOLETELY SHUT DOWN THE L TRAIN FOR 15 DEMOHS TO REPAIR TUNNEL DEMOGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE SANDY DEMO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEMOUTERS INTO A PROLONGED DEMOC.

AND FOR DEMOE YEARS, AS THE DEMOING L-APOCALYPSE THROUGH DEMOER, RESIDENTS WHO RELIED ON THE L DEMON TO GET AROUND THE DEMO WERE FORCED TO RETHINK DEMOR COMMUTES EVEN THEIR LIVES.

DEMO DECIDED TO MOVE RATHER THAN DEMOK AROUND, AND A FEW BUSINESS DEMORS CLOSED OR CONTEMPLATED DEMOING SHOP RATHER THAN TAKE THE DEMOIAL RISK.

THE DEMOIAL ANGER OVER THE DEMOECT WAS FOLLOWED BY DEMOGNATION.

DEMO WE'RE ALL TOLD WAS THE WAY IT HAD TO BE.

AND DEMO JUST LIKE THAT, THREE DEMOT MONTHS BEFORE WORK WAS DEMOT TO BEGIN, THE L-POKALYPSE WAS NO DEMO.

DEMORNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCED A DEMOLETE SHUTDOWN WOULD NOT BE DEMOSSARY AFTER ALL.

DEMO WE GOT INSTEAD WAS AN L DEMON SLOWDOWN WHICH FROM MOST DEMOUNTS HAS GONE WITHOUT A DEMOH AND IS EVEN EXPECTED TO DEMOSH THREE MONTHS AHEAD OF DEMODULE.

SO DEMO'S THE REAL STORY?

DEMO HAPPENED BEHIND THE SCENES?

? DEMO IMPACT DID IT HAVE ON THE DEMOSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WERE DEMO IN LIMBO FOR THREE YEARS?

DEMO'S THE SUBJECT OF AN DEMOMING DOCUMENTARY BY A NEW DEMO FILMMAKER WHO HAS BEEN DEMOMENTING THE SAGA SINCE IT WAS DEMOT ANNOUNCED BACK IN DEMO.

THE DEMO, STILL IN PRODUCTION, IS DEMOED 'END OF THE LINE.'

DEMO'S A LOOK.

NOT LET IT GO.

DEMOE TELLING PEOPLE UP FRONT DEMO IS A VERY BIG DEAL.

THE DEMOR MAGNITUDE OF THE L DEMON SHUTDOWN IS BEING DEMOOWLEDGED.

DEMO IS UNPRECEDENTED.

NO ONE DEMORSTANDS HOW BAD DEMO IS GOING TO BE WHEN IT DEMOENS.

DEMO LIKE YOUR ONLY BRIDGE TO THE DEMOLAND GOT CUT.

DEMO LINE WAS REALLY DAMAGED DEMOH SANDY.

DEMOE WAS REAL WORK THAT HAS TO BE DEMO.

DEMO NOT GOING TO BE QUICK.

DEMO GOING TAKE 15 MONTHS.

DEMO A DISASTER FOR MOMS DEMONG THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL, FOR DEMOUTERS TRYING TO GET TO WORK.

I DEMOT KNOW IF THEY'RE DEMOERNED ABOUT FAMILIES.

THE DEMONESSES IN THIS DEMOUNITY, THE RESIDENTS OF THIS DEMOUNITY ARE ALL HANG MANAGE THE DEMONCE.

DEMO DOWN THE SHUTDOWN!

HOW DEMO YOU DO THIS TO US!

WE ARE DEMOLE!

WE DEMO TO DO THIS WORK.

WE DEMO TO BITE THE BULLET.

DEMO SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO.

WE DEMOT HAVE A CHOICE.

DEMO TUNNEL HAS TO CLOSE.

I, DEMOEW MARK CUOMO WILL DEMOHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE DEMOCE OF GOVERNOR OF THE DEMOT STATE OF NEW YORK, SO HELP ME DEMO

I DEMOD A PANEL OF THE BEST DEMORTS WE COULD FIND TO COME DEMO AT THE L TRAIN SITUATION.

DEMO STORY SHORT, IT WOULD NOT BE DEMOSSARY TO CLOSE TUNNEL AT DEMO

DEMO CONVINCED US THIS WAS DEMOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

100 DEMO BEFORE THEY'RE PLANNING TO DO THE DEMO, THEY'RE TELLING US NOT DEMONTIAL.

NOW DEMO BECOME A PUBLIC DEMOT ISSUE.

DEMO IS JUST ANOTHER COMPLETE DEMOSTER.

DEMOYBODY READY?

WE ARE NOT DEMOY SUITS.

THE DEMOENT STATE OF DECLINE IS DEMOLY UNACCEPTABLE.

THE L DEMON IS A PERFECT DEMOPLE.

THE L DEMON ISSUE GOES TO THE DEMOT OF ALL THE PROBLEMS.

WE DEMO AGING INFRASTRUCTURE, DEMO OF MAINTENANCE, THE RISING DEMOTER OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEMOTICAL TENSIONS OVER WHO IS DEMOONSIBLE FOR FIXING IT?

WHO IS DEMOONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR IT?

DEMO THE PROBLEM SOLVED RIGHT DEMO

THE NEW DEMO CITY SUBWAY DEMOEM IS AN ACHIEVEMENT.

BUT DEMO DECLINED AND IT'S A DEMOTOM OF WHERE WE'VE GONE AND DEMOE WE ARE AT A SOCIETY.

THE DEMOCTOR OF 'END OF THE DEMO' JOINS US NOW.

DEMOOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

DEMOKS FOR HAVING ME.

AS WE SAW IN THE DEMOODUCTION, FOR THREE YEARS WE DEMO TOLD THIS IS THE WAY IT HAD TO BE.

DEMOE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE.

IN DEMO, ON DECEMBER OF 2018, DEMORNOR CUOMO SAID AFTER A TOUR OF THE DEMOEL, YEAH, WE'RE GOING TO DEMO TO CLOSE IT DOWN FOR 15 DEMOHS.

A FEW DEMOS LATER, HE CAME UP DEMO THAT ANNOUNCEMENT, NO, WE DEMOT NEED TO DO IT.

DEMO THE HECK HAPPENED?

SO DEMO HE SAID HAPPENED IS DEMO THESE ACADEMIC EXPERTS THAT HE HAD DEMOGHT INTO THE TUNNEL DEMO NIGHT IN DECEMBER MUST HAVE DEMO BACK TO HIM AND SAID DEMOALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

DEMO ORIGINAL PLAN ISN'T DEMORELY NECESSARY.

DEMO CAN SKIRT THIS GREAT DEMOSTER OF SHUTTING IT DOWN FOR 15 DEMOHS BY JUST HANGING THE DEMOES ON THE WALL AND GOING DEMOT OUR BUSINESS.

DEMOABLY NO ONE SPOKE TO MORE DEMOLE WHO WERE GOING TO BE DEMOCTLY AFFECTED.

WHO DEMO DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE DEMONED SHUTDOWN AND WHO DEMOD BE AFTER THE SHUTDOWN THAN YOU DEMO.

YOU DEMOTED MAKING YOUR FILM IN DEMO.

THE DEMOT ITERATION OF THE FILM WAS DEMONTIALLY ABOUT HOW IT DEMOD AFFECT -- THE SHUTDOWN DEMOD AFFECT PEOPLE.

HOW DID DEMO AFFECT PEOPLE, DEMODENTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE?

AND HOW DID DEMO REACT TO THIS DEMO OF EVENTS?

SO, I DEMO, I THINK THERE WAS TO DEMO DEGREE SOME CELEBRATION DEMO THIS TERRIBLE, YOU KNOW, DEMO OF DISASTER WASN'T GOING TO BE DEMOTED ON THE COMMUNITY.

IT DEMOD HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING.

15 DEMOHS, NO TRAIN, EVERYBODY IN NEW DEMO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S THE DEMOAY MEANS TO A BODEGA ON THE DEMOER RIGHT BY THE STATION DEMOE PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO GO OUT OF DEMOR WAY TO GO THERE.

DEMO A CONVENIENCE STORE.

OR A DEMOY RESTAURANT IN DEMOIAMSBURG THAT DEPENDS ON NOT DEMO CUSTOMERS FROM MANHATTAN, BUT DEMOERS FROM MANHATTAN.

DEMOCALLY YOU HAD SKY-HIGH DEMOS HITTING A BRICK WALL OF DEMOSIT DEVASTATION IN THE FORM OF DEMO TUNNEL SHUTDOWN.

DEMO, THERE WAS SOME HAPPINESS.

DEMOE WAS ALSO I THINK A CERTAIN DEMOEE OF TRAUMA.

WE DEMOOWED ACTIVIST, BUSINESS DEMOERS AND POLITICIANS WHO WERE DEMO FIGHTING FOR THOSE YEARS TO DEMOGATE THE SITUATION TO COME UP DEMO ALTERNATIVES, BUS LANES AND DEMO LANES AND THINGS LIKE DEMO.

FOR DEMO, THEY HAD JUST DEMOCALLY WASTED A LOT OF TIME, YOU DEMO.

IF YOU DEMO ON THE FRONT LINES OF DEMORSTANDING THE DETAILS OF DEMO SITUATION, IT CREATED A DEMOAIN SENSE OF DISTRUST THAT DEMO HAD COME AND SAID THIS DEMOLUTELY NEEDS TO HAPPEN AND DEMO IT DIDN'T.

AND DEMOE ARE ALSO CONCERNS DEMOT IS THIS A BAND-AID OR IS DEMO GOING TO BE A LONG-TERM FIX DEMO THE ORIGINAL PLAN?

AND DEMO SORT OF REMAINS TO BE DEMO.

BUT IT DEMO AFFECTED YOU.

DEMOT OF ALL, BECAUSE YOU LIVE DEMOE.

DEMONDLY, BECAUSE YOU WERE DEMONG THE FILM ABOUT THE DEMODOWN.

IN DEMO, AS I TOLD YOU EARLIER, DEMO I HEARD THE GOVERNOR MAKE HIS DEMOUNCEMENT, YOU WERE THE DEMOT PERSON I THOUGHT OF.

DEMOUSE WE TALKED IN THE SUMMER OF DEMO.

AND I DEMO OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT IS DEMOTT GOING TO DO WITH THIS DEMO.

DID IT DEMO CROSS YOUR MIND TO DEMOK THREE YEARS DOWN THE DEMON?

DEMO, DEFINITELY.

DEMO THE GOVERNOR INTERFERED, WE DEMO IN SHOCK, JUST LIKE THE DEMO OF THE COMMUNITY.

TO DEMO DEGREE, IT LED TO SOME DEMO-SEARCHING.

DEMO HAVE WE BEEN DOING FOR DEMOE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS?

WE DEMOCALLY COVERED THIS BIG DEMOING OR THIS BIG SORT OF DEMOU.

DEMO YOU KNOW, IT DEFINITELY DEMO US SOME TIME TO CHANGE DEMOSE.

I DEMOT KNOW IF IDENTITY MY WORK TO DEMOIC WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DEMORE.

AND IT DEMO OR -- YOU KNOW, A LOT OF DEMOLE WHO QUESTIONED ME DEMOT THE FILM AS I WAS MAKING IT, DEMO ASKED WHAT IF THIS DEMON'T HAPPEN?

DEMONG COVERED IT FROM DAY TO DEMO I WAS LIKE FIRST OF ALL, DEMO NOT GOING TO NOT HAPPEN.

AND DEMOND OF ALL, IF IT DOESN'T DEMOEN, THAT'S GOING TO BE AN DEMO MORE INTERESTING STORY.

AND IT DEMO OF DID TURN OUT TO BE DEMO

YOU DEMOGED THE FOCUS OF THE DEMO.

DEMO'S THE FOCUS?

DEMOT OF ALL, HOW MUCH OF THE DEMOINAL FOOTAGE DID YOU HAVE TO DEMOARD AND TELL WHAT'S THE DEMOS OF THE FILM IS NOW?

DEMO, WE ORIGINALLY SET OUT TO DEMO THE STORY OF THE BEFORE AND DEMOR OF THE L TRAIN DEMODOWN, PREPARATION MEETS, YOU DEMO, REALITY.

NOW WE DEMO A THREE-PART STORY, DEMO?

SO IT DEMOTS WITH THE L TRAIN DEMODOWN, WHICH IS SORT OF THIS DEMONTIAL WORST CASE SCENARIO, DEMOL DISASTER.

AND DEMO, YOU KNOW, IT SORT OF DEMOS UP INTO THE NEW YORK DEMOAY CRISIS WHICH INFOLDED DEMO ALL OF THIS.

DEMO, GOVERNOR PRO CLAIMS A DEMOE OF EMERGENCY.

NEW DEMO CITY HITS ROCK BOTTOM IN DEMOARY 2018 WITH THE LOWEST ON DEMO RATE OF ANY MAJOR RAPID DEMOSIT SYSTEM WORLDWIDE.

AND DEMO THERE WE SAY WELL, DEMO, THE NEW YORK SUBWAY IS DEMOCALLY AMERICA'S GREATEST DEMOSIT INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET AND DEMO AT THE SHAPE IT'S IN.

DEMO REALLY CONNECTS TO A DEMOONWIDE CRISIS THAT'S DEMORWAY RIGHT NOW WHERE MESH HAS DEMOEN BEHIND INTERNATIONAL DEMODARDS.

THE DEMOICS SHOW IT.

DEMO HAVE TRAINS IN JAPAN THAT GO 50 DEMOS AN HOUR FASTER THAN DEMOHING WE HAVE IN AMERICA.

WE DEMOT HAVE THE BULLET TRAIN.

IT WAS DEMOOSED TO HAPPEN IN DEMOFORNIA.

DEMOCALLY RAN OUT OF MONEY.

DEMOIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN BOSTON AND DEMOINGTON ARE STRUGGLING DEMOLARLY.

DEMOE ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST DEMO IN THE COUNTRY IN DEMOVILLE, YOU HAVE BASICALLY DEMO AND FUEL LOBBYISTS WHO JUST DEMO TO SEE MORE CARS ON THE DEMO, CAME OUT AND THEY DEMORESSED PUBLIC TRANSIT DEMOECT THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO DEMOEN, AND THEY GOT IT VOTED DEMO.

YOU DEMOK THAT'S THE -- THOSE DEMOYISTS, THE ROAD AND FUEL DEMOYISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A LOT OF DEMO?

I DEMOT KNOW IF THAT'S THE DEMO IN NEW YORK, BUT THERE IS DEMONITELY A MOVEMENT NATIONALLY DEMO IS INTERESTED IN DEMORESSING PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEMO TRANSIT, NOT BECAUSE DEMOE IS SOME ISN'T THAT RIGHTER DEMO BUT JUST BECAUSE THEY MORE DEMO ON THE ROAD.

DEMO ALL PART OF A BIG TRANSIT.

DEMOE HERE IN NEW YORK.

DEMO THE TRAILER, JUST THE DEMOLER KIND OF DIRECTIOUS TO DEMO, MAKES YOU SEE THAT, WHICH IS THE DEMOLEM HAS BEEN AS YOU PUT IT IN A DEMOE YOU WROTE, AND AS A NEW DEMO CITY TIMES KAUSIVE DEMOSE OF THE SUBWAY SYSTEM DEMOCATED A NUMBER OF FACTORS.

DEMODES OF DIVERTED FUNDS, DEMORRED MAINTENANCE, LACK OF DEMOUNTABILITY, EXORBITANT DEMOGEMENT AND LABOR COSTS AND DEMOFICIENT WORK COSTS TO WHERE WE ARE DEMO DEMO YOUR FILM GO INTO HOW THIS CAN BE DEMOSCENDED, HOW THOSE DEMOLEMS CAN BE TRANSCENDED?

DEMO, I MEAN, LOOK, OUR JOB AS THE DEMOPENDENT MEDIA IS TO DEMOE A LIGHT ON THIS, TO BRING DEMO TO THE PUBLIC IN A DEMOMATIC, EVEN ENTERTAINING DEMOAT WHERE THEY CAN REALLY SEE DEMO THE PROBLEM IS AND DEMOFULLY DRAW OUT THEIR DEMOORT, PUSH IN THE NATIONAL DEMOOGUE SO THAT THESE THINGS DEMOT HAPPEN IN THE DARK, AND WE CAN DEMOTE THE PUBLIC WILL TO DEMOTE CHANGE.

DEMO IS YOUR FILM NOW DEMODULED TO COME OUT?

SO WE ARE DEMONING TO RELEASE IT IN DEMOY 2021.

DEMOT NOW WE ARE RUNNING A KICK DEMOTER CAMPAIGN THAT IS DEMOENTLY LIVE.

DEMOE RAISING MONEY BECAUSE, YOU DEMO, FOR THREE YEARS, WE AS DEMOPENDENT FILMMAKERS HAVE DEMOED THIS ON OUR OWN DIME.

AND NOW DEMOE LOOKING TO THE DEMOIC TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT US.

ARE YOU DEMOIDENT YOU'RE DEMOG TO BE ABLE TO FINISH THIS DEMO WITHOUT ANOTHER U-TURN IN THE DEMORE?

I DEMO SO.

I'M DEMONITELY READY FOR DEMOEVER SURPRISES MAY COME.

DEMOTT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DEMOING US ONCE AGAIN.

DEMOINATING FILM.

DEMOK YOU.

Funders

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