L Train Shutdown Will Be Averted, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Announces
L Train Shutdown Will Be Averted, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Announces

The planned 15-month shutdown of L-train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn will not happen, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

"There will be no shutdown," Cuomo said in a news conference.

The L train, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and sees roughly 250,000 daily riders, was expected to shut down in April to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (The initial plan cited that L train service would only be operational between Bedford Avenue and Canarsie Parkway stations in Brooklyn.)

“The simple fact is you have roughly 250,000 people who are going to need another way to work,” Cuomo said at a Thursday press briefing. “Fifteen months sounds like a relatively short period of time, but it’s not if you’re doing it one day at a time trying to get to work.”

The new plan means that the L train’s rush hour schedule would remain the same. Night and weekend work would only require closures of one tube, allowing transit to continue. Trains would run at night and on weekends but wait times would be longer.

Although the full shutdown would be halted, Cuomo stated that it would still take about 15 months for the work to be completed based on the new plan and work schedule.