MTA: L train closure will need less time

The MTA says its planned shutdown of the L train will run for less time than initially expected.



As News 12 has reported, work to repair the Canarsie tube, one of several subway tunnels damaged during Superstorm Sandy, would result in service cuts to Brooklyn.



The MTA has shaved three months off of the repair time, shortening the closure from 18 months to 15.



This follows Monday's MTA board vote to approve a $477 million contract to get the work done.



For years, commuters who use the train have become increasingly anxious about how they will get to and from work during the repairs.



MTA officials have discussed several alternatives, including alternate subways and buses, but there is no specific plan in place yet.



About 250,000 people who use the L train daily will be affected when the work starts in April 2019.


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