L Train Closure and Mitigation

Mitchell L. Moss, Sarah M. Kaufman, Jorge Hernandez and Sam Levy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced a timeline to repair the Canarsie Tube, the tunnel connecting the L Train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Canarsie Tube must be repaired following the damage incurred from Superstorm Sandy; it was flooded by 7 million gallons of saltwater and closed for 11 days in 2012, reopening after short-term repairs were put in place.

The L has become synonymous with the Brooklyn brand; its surrounding communities will absorb the impact of this tunnel closure. This analysis investigates the importance of the L train by looking at the people and activities that it serves. It concludes with recommendations to mitigate the effects.