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The fate of the L train shutdown hangs in the MTA's hands

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Jillian Anthony

The L train shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn for post-Sandy repairs is definitely happening, and now the MTA is weighing two options for how it will all go down, the New York Times reports. 

Option 1: Close the tunnel entirely for a year-and-a-half.

Option 2: Close one tube at a time over a three-year period, with trains running every 12 to 15 minutes, a speed that would accommodate just one-fifth of the 225,000 riders who take the L train daily.

Yes, either option would be truly awful for anyone living along the L train when repairs begin in early 2019. The MTA presented both options at a Brooklyn community meeting Thursday evening, then took written questions from the hundreds of attendees. The MTA outlined that service would be increased on surrounding lines as well as additional buses and ferries, and that building a new underwater tunnel was not an option due to time and expense. 

The MTA will make their final decision in the next three months. Meanwhile, you can submit comments on the MTA's website and attend another public meeting on May 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Salvation Army Theater, 120 W 14th St in Manhattan. Say your prayers to Pizza Rat now.

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