L train shutdown could be an opportunity for upgrades, expanded service

The L train shutdown is shaping up to be a big missed opportunity for long-term transit improvements, experts said.

report published Tuesday from the Regional Plan Association, outlined how the MTA and city DOT could use the 15-month closure of the Canarsie tunnel in 2019 to execute upgrades, including improving wheelchair accessibility and increasing train capacity along the L line.

“Our subway system needs more than repairs — it deserves innovative thinking to transform the system and restore New Yorkers’ trust,” said Tom Wright, RPA president. “Community groups, business leaders, elected officials and transit advocates have spoken, they want the MTA to use this opportunity to revitalize the system and ensure that people can get around the city during the 15 months the L train is shut down.”

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