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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:35 PM

New York Subway Repairs Border ‘on the Edge of Magic’

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER

Inside a sprawling Manhattan command center, a board that detects subway activity by sensor had gone quiet. No trains were running; the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had shut the system down as Hurricane Sandy approached.

Suddenly, the screens inexplicably crackled to life.

Something was moving down there. And it was not the trains.

To the subway’s chief maintenance officer, the storm’s encroaching waters were even more obvious. He was forced to flee with his flashlight from the South Ferry station in Lower Manhattan as the waters charged over the platform and up the terminal stairs, chasing him like an attack dog.

It has been less than two weeks since the most devastating storm in the New York City subway system’s 108-year history. Seven tunnels beneath the East River flooded. Entire platforms were submerged. Underground equipment, some of it decades old, was destroyed.

The damage was the worst that the system had ever seen. And yet, the subways have come back — quicker than almost anyone could have imagined.


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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/nyregion/new-york-subways-find-magic-in-speedy-hurricane-recovery.html

Amazing what Union Labor can accomplish!

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n2doc Nov 2012 OP
elleng Nov 2012 #1
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #2
FSogol Nov 2012 #3
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #7
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #6
redqueen Nov 2012 #4
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #5

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:37 PM

1. Great story

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:40 PM

2. Could they please come fix the DC Metro system?

Our regional Metro rail system is a wreck.
We could really use some the competence of the NY subway system.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:41 PM

3. Other than escalators, what's wrong with DC Metro? n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:25 PM

7. In a word, everything

Most of it is due to delayed maintenance and terrible management culture.
Trains are crowded, air conditioning/heat doesn't work, train operators scream at passengers about not touching the doors and stop to make everyone get out, sometimes for no apparent reason.
Metro is bad at communicating about what's going on to passengers. People can sit stuck in a train for an hour or more without being told why.
When we switched from daylight savings time to regular time last Sunday, Metro didn't schedule trains for that extra hour, and left lots of passengers stranded. This is typical, not unusual.
My husband grew up in NYC and I grew up in a nearby suburb so we are familiar with the NY subway system. The NY subways are competently run. Metro is not.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:11 PM

6. The DC Metro was a clusterfuck from day one. It may suck worse now, but it sucked then too.

 

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:44 PM

4. K&R!

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:11 PM

5. Agreed. Union Labor rocks.

 

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