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Re: Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

Posted by Wallyhorse on Thu Jan 3 14:29:15 2019, in response to Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo, posted by MTA T on Thu Jan 3 13:03:20 2019.

I'm not surprised one bit by this:

Cuomo probably heard from a lot of people fearful that a total shutdown of the 14th Street line would cause massive traffic problems on many blocks north and south of 14th Street and on the avenues due to cars that come in from New Jersey where such drivers won't use public transportation because:

They can't, either because there is none where they live and even a park-and-ride is too much


In some cases don't want to deal with riff-raff on public transportation OR in some cases even think if their employer knew they used public transportation would look down on them and use it against them.

That to me may have been given to Cuomo as reasons by such "hipsters," especially if they have real concerns of increased car traffic causing unintended consequences for them.  Many of them likely demanded that the 1st-8th Avenue portion of the (L) remain running at all times even if both tunnels were shut down.  This suggests Cuomo may be looking for their votes as well as votes in New Jersey and Connecticut in the 2020 primaries if he does decide to run for President as this may be a precursor to that.

I would now re-visit my version where both tunnels are shut as originally planned, BUT with eight sets of four-car trains in use between 1st and 8th Avenue on the and every 1-2 months opening up one of the tunnels long enough to swap out cars for normal maintenance (also why I would have a max of three sets in use at any one time).  I would also add a new set of switches just east of 1st Avenue to allow for greater flexibility of such.  That might be a compromise Cuomo and the hipsters can accept.


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