NYC Commuters Could Bob and Sway Across the East River

Faced with the closure of the crosstown L Train for repairs in 2019, NYC planners ran a competition Sunday for creative solutions to moving commuters during the shutdown. The Van Allen Institute took the prize, but the press can't stop talking about AECOM's "giant inflatable condom" solution. Dubbed the "L Transporter", the 2,400 foot long pedestrian tunnel would be made from a heavy-duty, NASA-developed fabric and could actually dip underneath the water at points to allow cross traffic on the river. To top off this fantastical idea, AECOM designers propose to add digital projections to the interior of the tunnel, making for an even more surreal experience.

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