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The Doomsday L Train Shutdown Just Might Save New York City
2018-02-24T01:41:45Z - Alex Davies / Wired
Like Y2K and the Mayan prophecies concerning December 21, 2012, the apocalypse heading for New York City comes with that “mark it on your calendar” feature you just don’t get from surprise nuclear attack. Some 225,000 New Yorkers ride the L train through that tunnel every day—more than the population of Birmingham, Alabama. Much of 14th Street, a major crosstown corridor, would be closed to private cars, including taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via. The plan calls for increased bike-share service, expanded sidewalks on 14th Street, and better pedestrian access around Union Square. New York is growing, and even once the L train roars back into full service, people will need more and better ways to get around.

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