Repairs to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's L subway line could dramatically impair transport between Brooklyn and Manhattan for upward of three years. While an inconvenience for commuters, the construction could prove costly to Brooklyn's booming housing market.
The Canarsie Tube, a tunnel under the East River that was damaged by more than 7 million gallons of salt water during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, is slated for repairs. It is a major transportation artery for commuters between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
"The Canarsie Tube presents serious challenges due to the lack of redundancy. That is why we are weighing several options in order to mitigate the impact to the 225,000 customers who travel through the Canarsie Tube daily," Kevin Ortiz, MTA and NYC Transit spokesman, told CNBC. "We'll look at these options with various schedules for work and will develop a service plan accordingly."
It is unclear if the MTA will shut down service completely or allow for limited service by keeping one of the two tunnels in the tube open while repairing the other.