[Image via @frank_ape]
As you probably know, an L train shutdown for Sandy-related repairs will happen in some form or another. But when?
Yesterday, the MTA provided a date: repairs won't start until 2019.
However, the length of the closure is unknown. Per The Wall Street Journal today:
Officials have been weighing options that include closing both tracks running through the century-old tunnel or shutting down one track at a time to maintain some service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
A full closure of both tracks through the L train tunnel could be completed in about 18 months, but a partial closure could take twice as long and cost more.
MTA officials said the project would involve reconstructing nearly 3 miles of track; replacing 56 miles of signal, power and communications cables; and repairing two fan systems used to evacuate smoke from tunnels.
And those officials will be collecting comments
So anyway, we likely won't be seeing that new L-train entrance on Avenue A until after all this. Say, 2022.
Thanks to Brandon Sines for the use of Frank Ape!