L train could be shut down for years between Brooklyn and Manhattan

Feb26 L Train

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan could be shut down completely for multiple years due to long-needed repairs because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The service disruption was originally reported by Gothamist last Wednesday, which explained that the work would not shut down the train completely but would terminate Manhattan-bound service from Canarsie at Bedford Avenue, the line’s busiest station.

Following the report on Gothamist, transportation blog Second Avenue Sagas noted that a complete shutdown would likely not last three full years, as this is the long-term timeline for all of the work needed on the L line if the repairs were done on one tube at a time or otherwise split the shutdown of the tunnel. If the MTA were to completely shut down the tunnel to do the repairs, it would take two years at most, a source told the blog.

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Garodnick’s $1.5M campaign warchest

Council Member Dan Garodnick Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Council Member Dan Garodnick (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Currently in his third term – and last due to term limits — Council Member Dan Garodnick has been actively fundraising for higher office, collecting a total of $1.5 million.

Earlier this week, when asked what position he’s seeking, Garodnick would only tell Town & Village: “I’m keeping my options open on my next steps.”

However, he is at least eyeing a state position, according to a report in the Daily News on Monday, which also quoted an anonymous source as saying he’s raised $400,000 in a state campaign coffer. The article said he may be looking towards the comptroller or attorney general seat if they open up.

His statements to T&V weren’t too different though from the sentiments from the article’s source, who added that Garodnick was just trying to be prepared for any potential openings.

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