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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seemingly rescued New York City from the L train shutdown on Jan. 3 by offering a last-minute solution. But two weeks later, no one knows what exactly is going to happen to the subway line.
Critics have pilloried the new repair plan over safety concerns. It is not clear how long the solution would last or when construction would begin. It might still need approval from federal and local officials.
Even one basic question has not been resolved: Is the shutdown really off?
The city’s transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, asked subway officials on Tuesday what would happen if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board votes no on changes to the L train contract.
“What would that mean — that the L train shutdown isn’t averted?” Ms. Trottenberg said at a special meeting of the board, which oversees the subway.
“You vote whichever way you like,” the authority’s acting chairman, Fernando Ferrer, responded.
The old plan — calling for a 15-month shutdown of the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn — was widely loathed. But at least there was some certainty. For the 250,000 riders who rely on the tunnel every day, there had already been months of preparing for life without the line. Now they are facing transportation purgatory.
The new plan calls for making critical repairs on nights and weekends, when workers would close one tube at a time and trains would run about every about 20 minutes. It has raised a flurry of questions and created uncertainty over what riders can expect in the coming months. The shutdown was scheduled to begin on April 27. With many details left to sort out, it seems unlikely that Mr. Cuomo’s plan would start by then.
A new wrinkle emerged on Thursday night: an M.T.A. official said transit leaders believe the board would not need to approve a revised contract for the L train work unless the total cost of the project increased. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The upheaval has cast the transit agency in a negative light, prompting doubts about the competence and independence of the sprawling state-run agency, which is trying to pull the subway out of crisis. Mr. Cuomo appears to exert near-total control over the agency, and some doubt whether his latest deus ex machina was in fact the right move.
The authority’s leaders support Mr. Cuomo’s plan and say they are moving forward with it. The agency released a statement on Thursday night reiterating that a full shutdown “will not be necessary” but failing to address whether the board could vote down the new approach. It will take several weeks to decide on a “final construction schedule” for the partial shutdown, the statement said. “As soon as we have more definitive information, we will provide it to our customers and the public,” the statement said.
Lawrence S. Schwartz, a board member and ally of Mr. Cuomo, said he was confident the agency would have clearer answers soon. He praised the new approach for alleviating pain for L train riders.
“Between now and April 27, all of the questions regarding health and safety issues, which are obviously relevant to both workers and the public, will be answered,” he said at the meeting.
Still, elected leaders sent Mr. Cuomo a letter this week asking for an independent analysis of his plan. At the board meeting, Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, seemed exasperated over the many unanswered questions.
“This is better than ‘Law & Order,’ which we all watch on a daily basis, in terms of intrigue,” she said.
The L train tunnel, which was inundated by floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, needs major repairs. Experts have raised concerns about the presence of silica dust, a hazardous mineral that is released when concrete is demolished and can cause lung cancer. They are also concerned that if construction is confined to weekends, it would be difficult to restore train service by the Monday morning rush.
“Riders want to know if the tunnel is closing, but they also want to know if the tunnel stays open, will it be safe and will service start again reliably every morning?” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, an advocacy group.
The announcement of the L train shutdown in 2016 hurt real estate prices in Williamsburg, a popular Brooklyn neighborhood that depends on the line. Now landlords and residents are waiting to see what happens next.
“If the shutdown is truly off, there will be landlords who are anxious to make up for deals they cut in 2018 and 2017,” said Grant Long, a senior economist for StreetEasy, a real estate listings website.
Renters saved nearly million in North Brooklyn because of lower prices leading up to the shutdown, according to an analysis by Mr. Long. If Mr. Cuomo’s plan does not move forward and the shutdown is back on, the neighborhood might be even less attractive because of the negative publicity and the “whiplash of emotions” over the line, he said.
“It could make things even worse than they were before,” Mr. Long said.
Subway leaders say their goal is to begin work in late April. The board, which usually goes along with recommendations from M.T.A. leadership, plans to hire an independent consultant to review the safety of the new plan. Officials at the Federal Transit Administration are also expected to weigh in, but the agency has been affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Mr. Ferrer, at a news conference on Jan. 3, said construction for the new plan could take 15 to 20 months. Veronique Hakim, the agency’s managing director, was less certain — she said on Tuesday that her staff was working to confirm that timetable.
The new approach would hang the tunnel’s cables from the wall, instead of encasing them in a structure known as a bench wall. Workers would secure parts of the bench wall with a substance known as fiber reinforced polymer that could last 40 years. If the bench walls were rebuilt, as the original plan called for, they could last more than 80 years.
The M.T.A. examined a similar idea for the L train in 2014 — to hang cables from the tunnel wall — but officials decided against it because of safety concerns. Engineers feared that bolting cables to the wall could damage the tunnel lining or cause leaks, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.
Subway leaders say the new approach is different because it relies on racks, instead of affixing cables directly to the tunnel wall, which would result in a 60 percent reduction in the number of bolts needed to hang the cables.
A spokeswoman for the governor, Dani Lever, said on Thursday that Mr. Cuomo did not know that the transit agency had previously considered hanging cables on the wall as part of the L train project. But she insisted that the new plan was different and better than the previous proposal.
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term, has taken a firm hand over the authority, including setting priorities in its capital plan and pushing officials to open a new subway line in Manhattan, the Second Avenue subway, on time. Even so, he has argued in recent days that he needs more control over the agency.
Ms. Lever said the governor names only six members to the board and other elected officials can veto capital projects. “If that is control,” she said, “Nancy Pelosi is president.”
But Mr. Raskin, of the Riders Alliance, said Mr. Cuomo already had great sway over the system.
“The governor’s L train maneuver,” Mr. Raskin said, “has one clear political ramification — to make clear the governor’s already in charge of the M.T.A.”B:
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【听】【到】【这】【话】，【顾】【萱】【轻】【笑】【一】【声】：“【这】【不】【是】【你】【们】【给】【我】【留】【下】【的】【玉】【佩】【吗】？【我】【开】【启】【有】【什】【么】【好】【奇】【怪】【的】？” 【顾】【惊】【天】【愣】【了】【半】【响】，【忽】【然】【仰】【天】【大】【笑】【起】【来】：“【哈】【哈】，【顾】【家】【有】【望】，【顾】【家】【有】【望】【了】。【快】，【快】【将】【这】【蛊】【虫】【放】【进】【你】【的】【空】【间】【呢】【里】。” 【顾】【萱】【断】【然】【拒】【绝】，【貌】【似】【在】【空】【间】【内】【可】【以】【断】【绝】【蛊】【虫】【与】【外】【界】【的】【联】【系】，【但】【这】【蛊】【虫】【显】【然】【与】【程】【箐】【箐】【有】【着】【密】【不】【可】【分】【的】【关】【系】
【常】【英】【这】【迷】【惑】【行】【为】【让】【酸】【与】【感】【觉】【有】【些】【不】【解】。【她】【扭】【头】【四】【处】【查】【看】，【便】【看】【到】【了】【那】【被】【放】【置】【在】【桌】【面】【上】【还】【冒】【着】【热】【死】【的】【碗】，【从】【中】【散】【发】【出】【一】【股】【奇】【怪】【的】【味】【道】。 【是】【一】【种】【她】【虽】【然】【没】【有】【尝】【试】【过】、【但】【好】【像】【被】【人】【们】【称】【作】【醒】【酒】【汤】【的】【东】【西】【的】【味】【道】。 【陶】【碗】【入】【手】，【她】【手】【指】【点】【了】【一】【点】【送】【入】【口】【中】，【确】【认】【了】【没】【有】【什】【么】【毒】【害】【之】【后】，【以】【灵】【力】【取】【药】，【一】【点】【一】【点】【缓】【缓】【地】【滴】【落】【在】
【黎】【欣】【只】【在】【医】【院】【住】【了】【一】【周】，【就】【出】【院】【了】。 【盛】【世】【长】【安】【在】【播】，【她】【的】【关】【注】【度】【变】【得】【很】【高】，【这】【次】【住】【院】【和】【出】【院】，【都】【是】【保】【密】【的】，【没】【让】【媒】【体】【和】【粉】【丝】【知】【道】，【所】【以】【就】【连】【出】【院】，【也】【是】【晚】【上】【才】【离】【开】。 【保】【姆】【车】【就】【停】【在】【住】【院】【部】【的】【楼】【下】，【她】【腿】【伤】【不】【方】【便】，【拄】【着】【一】【条】【拐】【杖】，【得】【让】【人】【扶】【着】【才】【能】【下】【楼】。 【电】【梯】【门】【缓】【缓】【关】【上】，【还】【没】【有】【完】【全】【合】【上】【的】【门】【缝】【里】，【黎】【欣】跑狗记录无分大细【家】【里】【的】【事】【儿】【都】【处】【理】【完】【了】，【简】【言】【和】【季】【炀】【都】【要】【开】【工】【了】。 【毕】【竟】，【整】【个】《【仙】【录】》【剧】【组】，【还】【在】【等】【着】【他】【们】【呢】。 【作】【为】【这】【部】【剧】【的】【男】【主】【人】【公】，【季】【炀】【任】【重】【道】【远】【啊】。 【他】【决】【定】【退】【出】【娱】【乐】【圈】【的】【事】，【也】【只】【能】【等】【这】【部】【剧】【杀】【青】【以】【后】【再】【说】。 【简】【言】【和】【季】【炀】，【两】【人】【同】【坐】【一】【趟】【航】【班】【去】T【市】【和】【拍】【摄】【组】【汇】【合】。 【接】【机】【的】，【是】【庞】【大】【的】【粉】【丝】【团】。 【两】【人】【都】