“This shutdown is giving the MTA the opportunity to transform the L line, to improve it, to make the changes they couldn’t have made if service was running,” said Rich Barone, vice president of transportation at the Regional Plan Association. “Having access for almost a year and a half, 24-7, you can really get a lot of work done and ultimately save us money.”
“Trying to work around train schedules is one of the reasons why we’re in this situation,” Barone said. “These lines should be taken down completely and put back together again. The MTA has such a small little window to make repairs now — breakdown, setup, breakdown, setup. Imagine the time and money saved by being able to keep the equipment in the tunnel. Multiple months and years shut down on pieces of infrastructure have to be considered to allow things to be done quicker.”
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