Is the MTA on track? Chairman discusses L train closures and other big projects

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NEW YORK – Mark the calendars for 2018 or 2019.

At the February MTA board meeting, the chairman addressed a number of topics, including work on the Canarsie Tube.

That's the connection for the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan.  It's components were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast offered some details on the timeline. He said contracts would be issued next year and work would start in 2018 or 2019.

Neighbors and elected officials have expressed concern about the length of the project. Initial reports suggested it could take three years.

The MTA promises to meet with leaders, businesses and neighbors to discuss the closures.

Chairman Prendergast also said money for the multi-billion dollar capital program is being discussed in Albany and the big projects are moving forward.

MTA Board Member and NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg expressed concern about the uncertainly of the funding.