Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Painful Options for Some Brooklyn Subway Riders amid Repairs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Painful Options for Some Brooklyn Subway Riders amid Repairs

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NEW YORK * Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked.

Should the tunnel be closed for 18 months or have extremely limited service for three years as damage from Superstorm Sandy is repaired?

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway system, will decide in the next few months which of the two painful scenarios it will inflict on people who rely on the L train to get across the city's East River. Work would start in 2019.

"No matter what, it's going to be inconvenient for the public. Either way it's going to be bad," said Carmen Vega, 66, who lived for decades in Brooklyn before moving to Queens and still uses the L train to get into Manhattan. …

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