After three years of planning, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
announced on Thursday that, actually, the planned 15-month L train
shutdown that was due to start in April wouldn’t actually be happening
. Instead, the MTA will use a method never before tested in the United States to complete the repairs in 20 months during nights and weekends.
To come up with his plan, Cuomo consulted Elon Musk
and other “out-of-the-box” thinkers, so needless to say people are skeptical. Eric Holthaus
wrote of the plan in Grist
that “little is known if the tunnel’s ability to weather future storms is being sacrificed for the convenience of L-train riders.” It seems as though long-term planning is being abandoned for a quick fix, leading Holthaus to make a damning conclusion: “Welcome to infrastructure planning in the era of rapid climate change.”