- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Work on the L train’s East River tunnel is not scheduled to start until early 2019.

That’s the word from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

It’s still undecided whether the entire tunnel will be shut down or one tube at a time will be closed allowing some trains to run while workers repair damage from Superstorm Sandy.

At an authority board committee meeting on Monday, officials said the first public hearing on the project will be held on May 5 in Brooklyn. Another hearing will follow in Manhattan later in May.

The L tunnel, also known as the Canarsie tunnel, is one of several damaged in the 2012 storm. It carries more than 300,000 weekday riders.

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