Filmmaker creating documentary on canceled L train shutdown

The documentary follows the plans for the L train from the announcement of the shutdown to the ultimate cancellation of the shutdown.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A local filmmaker is creating a documentary about the aftermath of the canceled L train shutdown that he hopes to release the film by 2021.

Director Emmett Adler began filming in 2016 when the L train shutdown was initially proposed and he spoke with business owners and neighborhood residents about how the shutdown would affect their lives.

Governor Andrew Cuomo abruptly canceled the shutdown in favor of a plan that would allow the transit authority to do repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy without closing the tunnel completely. Adler’s filming primarily explores the three intervening years of fear from residents about their transit options, as well as the impact on property values and the surrounding businesses.

Cuomo ultimately declared a state of emergency for the subway after the summer of 2017 after a series of derailments and malfunctions, and problems continued in 2018 when the subways posted the worst on-time performance of any rapid transit system in the world.

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