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The L Won’t Shut Down After All. Time to Panic?

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If your doctor calls to say you can throw out two years’ worth of lab tests and scans, because it turns out you don’t need surgery after all, do you: (a) cry with relief; (b) tell the doctor she doesn’t know what she’s talking about; or (c) say, Now you tell me? New Yorkers had all three reactions when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the long-dreaded L-train shutdown would not, after all, happen. For years, the MTA has insisted that Hurricane Sandy had inflicted such extensive damage that repairing the line meant shoring up tunnels, jackhammering out the disintegrating “bench wall,” and replacing it with all-new concrete.

Suddenly, a few months before the work was set to begin, Cuomo unveiled a less intrusive fix that will involve leaving the bench wall in place and hanging wires from a........

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