Just four months away from a years-long planned shutdown of the L train, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he would order a personal, last minute second-look at the closure of the key line linking Williamsburg to Manhattan.
The April shutdown is currently scheduled to last 15 months and will affect more than 225,000 New Yorkers who use the line to cross the East River every weekday.
“Many New Yorkers have come up to me and said they’re concerned about this,” Cuomo said on New York City public radio station WNYC. “I mean, I can’t tell you the number of people in Brooklyn who have come up to me and looked me in the eye and said are you sure there’s nothing else that can be done, that there’s nothing that can be done to shorten this.”
Cuomo — who frequently tries to downplay his control of the much-maligned subway system — told WNYC host Brian Lehrer he would call in international experts to review the shutdown plans and would tour the tunnel late Thursday night.
But, it was unclear what major changes could be made with construction scheduled to begin in a matter of weeks.
“Yes, the buck stops on my desk, yes this is a very big project and a very disruptive project,” Cuomo added, saying he wants to be personally assured “that this cannot be done any other way.”
The MTA has argued in court that the shutdown is essential after it was sued by residents in the West Village, who sought to block the project.
The plaintiffs argued the plans to manage the shutdown by dramatically expanding bus service over the Williamsburg Bridge and add new bike lanes will flood their streets with traffic.
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